6 Stèles binaires – 6 Binary Steles


David Guez


The Binary Steles are objects featuring the imprint of the binary code for different audiovisual files from all over the world on a permanent surface. Thus, each plate becomes the material backup of a virtual file, in case the latter disappears.

These 6 Binary Steles are imprints on aluminum, in A4 format. The files, of images or sound, printed in binary form, were suggested by the Espace Multimedia Gantner for their historical character, symbolic of innovation and/or of digital culture :

Stele 1 : Neil Armstrong – man’s first steps on the moon – jpg
Photograph of Buzz Aldrin near the American flag during the moon landing of the Apollo 11 mission in July 1969.

Stele 2 : Eurosignal 1974 – 1997 – mp3
Audio for Eurosignal, the former European paging system, in use between 1974 and 1997.

Stele 3 : Space Invaders – mp3
Audio excerpt from the first and most cult “shoot them up” video game, released in 1978 on an arcade terminal.

Stele 4 : HAL9000 – I’m sorry Dave, I’m afraid I can’t do that – mp3
Line from the film 2001: A Space Odyssey by Stanley Kubric (1968), spoken by HAL, the computer system on board the ship equipped with advanced artificial intelligence.

Stele 5 : Julian Assange – jpg
Portrait of the Australian programmer and cyberactivist, founder of WikiLeaks.

Stele 6 : Minecraft – Lucas – jpg
Screenshot of a gaming scenario. Video game sensation released in 2011.

The Binary Steles have been shown during our exhibition “Anarchonism : Time-Disrupting machines” for 30 april to 9 july 2016.

David Guez (1967-) has been doing artistic projects whose two fundamental drives are the notion of the “link” as a physical and virtual social link or as a link between different media for creation; and the notion of what is public, as much with respect to the reception of works as with that of their discourse questioning public liberties. These two approaches have allowed him to invent “objects” and “molds” that question contemporary issues such as free media, collaborative uses of the Internet, identity problems, loss of freedom, archival questions, etc. in relation to new technology.

Learn more

Artist’s website :

Link to “Time-disrupting machines” exhibition

Document(s) to download

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