Aram Bartholl is a member of the Internet-based artist group Free, Art & Technology Lab – F.A.T. Lab. Internet politics, the DIY movement and the growth of the web in general play an important role in his work. In addition to numerous lectures, workshops and performances, Aram has exhibited at MoMA (New York), The Pace Gallery (New York) and DAM (Berlin). Aram lives and works in Berlin and is represented by the DAM gallery in Berlin and by the XPO Gallery in Paris.
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Aram Bartholl (Germany) / Bibliothèque et Archives nationales du Québec
In the summer of 2012, Yahoo’s Voice service was hacked and its database of 440,000 user passwords was stolen. The collective D33Ds Company then dumped the entire database on the Internet, including all of these passwords. In our Internet-driven society where the concept of online identity is increasingly important, the security of such systems is constantly being tested by pirates and surveillance groups. A user’s very private password can be easily found among millions of others in the vast collections of data that exist online. As part of the Human Futures project, Aram Bartholl projects these 440,000 stolen Yahoo passwords on the facade of the Grande Bibliothèque (BAnQ) in Montreal’s Quartier des spectacles. This public screening of what are normally secret passwords raises questions about our online lives.