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Silver Cell
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The mobile phone pouch Siver Cell acts as Faraday cage, completely shielding the phone and preventing it from sending or receiving signals. The material used, a flat silver-plated polyamide fabric is semi transparent. The phone display is still visible.

Without the knowledge of most users, mobile network providers do store location-related data from mobile phone users. The pouch prevents the user being located or having their movements followed. Even turning off the phone cannot always guarantee this.

In the possession of this personal radio blocker, a mobile phone owner can decide whether they would like to be in a spatial data model or not. A simple piece of fabric in the form of a pouch disconnects the technically complex appliance from the network infrastructure. The constant space-related data exchange becomes identifiable by being interrupted.


Nominated for the
25th VIPER BASEL festival

Shown at:
Ars Electronica 2006, 'Simplictiy'

16 x 8 cm
Material: silver-plated polyamid fabric, 3 layers, cord, cordstopper

Aram Bartholl 2004

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