Montreal – DELETE is an interactive exhibition designed to teach 8–12-year-olds about the vulnerability of their personal data.
Blending digital and physical experiences, the show, created by Daniel Iregui and Michel Lefebvre in collaboration with Youtheatre, begins and ends on the d.elete.co website. Children are first asked for a nickname and personal data. They are then presented with four rooms, each using light and sound to blur the lines between the real and the virtual.
The first room, COLLECT, immerses the audience in a waterfall of data, questioning the overwhelming amount of information processed every day. Acknowledging Generation I’s numerous social media profiles and inclination towards The Sharded Self, the next room, IDENTIFY, uses mirrors to multiply the audience's reflections, which are then manipulated to move independently. At the end of the installation the children can choose to delete the digital record of the experience from the microsite.
Iregui, founder and creative director of Iregular, told The Creators Project that the inspiration arose from our everyday relationships with smartphones. ‘We were talking to kids that were born with this technology, so for them that is how life works – you are in so many places at the same time and almost never present in the current moment.’