Kerstin von Locquenghien

TAGGED! Stolen things.


Nominee of the digital sparks award 2006

An object being identified.

An object being identified.

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The invasion of RFID technology into the everyday life is proceeding
rapidly. While RFID is praised as an important profit promising innovation in the industry branch, privacy advocates demonize it as a threat for society and democracy. The public however, is not included into the discussion although they might be affected most. Therefore this art installation aims to raise the awareness for RFID and to initiate the participation in the public debate. It offers a narrative approach in order to invite visitors to gain an own experience with RFID. The installation consists of a shelf and tagged everyday objects. Every object tells a story within a fictional software displayed on a screen integrated into the shelf. Visitors can find out that all objects have been stolen by a lady, who now proudly presents them as her “trophies”. Spending more time exploring them, conclusions can be drawn about her personality and her criminal career. Last but not least, the work is strongly playing with irony as traditionally RFID is used as an anti-theft device at retail.

Artists / Authors


Germany, 2005

Partners / Sponsors

Leuze Electronic, Owen/Teck, RFID System
Alexander Götz, Stuttgart, Technical Support




Kerstin von Locquenghien, Jan 4, 2006



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