Estimated Time To Recovery

steal box, timers, SATA/ IDE enclosure box, hard drive, raspberry pi


Saturday, 26. September 2015 - 12:00


26/09/2015 to 27/11/2015

Estimated Time To Recovery is an automatized system, which recovers files from hard drives without the consent or the knowledge of the previous owners, who presume their content has been forever deleted.

This metal box contains a mini computer which recovers and deletes data from a hard drive. The displayed numbers show the estimated time to recovery until the process is completed. When the procedure is finished the machine starts the reversed process of erasing the recovered data. This feedback loop attempts to display processes which often remain hidden and run on the background of our machines. 


Support: CBK Rotterdam (Centre for Visual Arts Rotterdam),

Acknowledgements / Credits / With thanks to:

Javier Lloret, Christian Pointner


What remains is a coproduction of esc media art laboratory, kunst@werk and steirischer herbst