There must have been a moment at the beginning, where we could have said no. Somehow we missed it. Well, we'll know better next time.
Looks like this quote from his website is a more relevant description of the photo:
Democratic Chess is Chess game where each figure is made of an IP-WLan-network camera each capable of looking arround, listening and talking to the other figures as well as the 2 real person players. With this technology there are many different ways how to play the Game, the next move can be decided in a democratic way among the Figures or they are allowed to discuss with the players and each other the next moves, but at the End the 2 player make the moves. I am currently working on this project , the technology is working allready, I plan to finish it within a couple of weeks.