Noud Sleumer is a conceptual designer whose role is to critique ‘the act of making’. Within self-initiated and explorative projects his focus is trained on methods of deconstruction and reduction. Simplicity is the tool that underlies these approaches and enables Sleumer to create new playgrounds of creativity, in which we can collectively re-examine our relationship to man-made matter. 











‘Anonymous Smartphones’ is a series of photorealistic prints of broken cellphones on laminated dibond panels (100 cm x 67 cm).

The pictures are the result of a research into the different methods one can use to prevent the user’s private history from disseminating into the public sphere, while at the same time emphasizing on the anonymity of smartphones.

Smartphones, broken or not, are a source of time and information and global network-lines. The production process, refurbishment and recycle operation of smartphones are part of a complex system, which is crucial to understand in order to engage, question and value the device. At the same time smartphones are one of the most anonymous existing objects, indicating nothing about their materiality, origin and producers. Rather then being an exceptional case within the system, the notion of anonymity is they key element that defines the system in which smartphones are brought into existence.

‘Anonymous Smartphones’ is part of the research project ‘(Im)material Telephone’.























































© Noud Sleumer, 2020