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Hiding in Plain Sight. Amy Suo Wu’s The Kandinsky Collective

ByFlorian Cramer

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The 15th century Voynich Manuscript, Kandinsky's abstract painting with a secret encoded message, militant jihadists using porn images for hidden communication and most recently computer malware embedding virus code into images on infected computers (and perhaps this text too) are examples of steganography, which can be also found in Amy Suo Wu’s works. By using Cardan Grille, substitution ciphers and camouflaged text within text in combination with invisible inks, Wu’s works are more than just highly enjoyable pieces of visual art and calligraphic design. As a combination of exhibition works, toolkit manuals and workshops, they are also pieces of practical media research and activism. Her gallery exhibition serves as an experimentation lab for invisible inks and other steganographic techniques with extraordinary creative potential – and is therefore just the beginning of a practice that is meant to leave behind the space where it is now being shown.

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Publication Date
Dec 23, 2016
Language
English
Category
Art & Photography
Copyright
All Rights Reserved - Standard Copyright License
Contributors
By (author): Florian Cramer

Specifications

Pages
12
Binding
Saddle Stitch
Interior Color
Color
Dimensions
A5 (5.83 x 8.27 in / 148 x 210 mm)

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