Nullstecker (2013)

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nullstecker is a very simple hack consisting of 220 V power plugs modifed to trigger short circuits when plugged into the wall, shutting down all electricity.

nullstecker turns 220 V sockets into weak points of a crucial infrastructure that is usually ignored, hidden away, and forgotten about. in a minute yet aggressive and disruptive gesture nullstecker exposes our dependency on this unwanted infrastructural child, leaving us with a notion of the fragility of our technological lifestyle.

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The object is a reaction to a call issued by the Art Hack Day project Going Dark hosted and exhibited at Lab for Electronic Arts and Performance (LEAP).