Cipher (insurance.aes256), 2011
Ultraviolet curing ink on seamless paper,
350x100 in

CHRISTOPHER MEERDO

                                       

In mid-2010 Wikileaks released an encrypted 1.5 Gb file (insurance.aes256) on its website. Founder Julian Assange declared the file a “thermo-nuclear device” which would be detonated by releasing the file’s password should anything happen to Assange or the Wikileaks organization. Presently, the contents of this “insurance” document are unknown and its larger file structure is only speculative. In Cipher, the file has been visualized through a script which turns the raw binary data of the encrypted file into a field of black and white pixels. The output is printed in entirety on one uninterrupted piece of paper.

 

 

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