STRIP Data-Protection-Pattern on Carpet / by J. MAYER H. Architects

With the installation “STRIP” J. MAYER H. has developed a walk-on installation for the Loggiato at Ex-Ospedale Maggiore of Milan during Salone di Mobile 2012. The Floor of the Loggiato on the first floor is covered with a 50 meter long rug, printed with oversized data security patterns. STRIP invites visitors to promenade, flaneur and hang out in a playful scenario of fluffy graphics.

History of Data-Protection Patterns

By the beginning of the Twentieth Century, information control generated a visual pattern called Data Protection Pattern that helps to veil personal information in print media. Letter and numbers, ingredients of information construction, are used in excess to create a speechless and slurry form of covering text, mostly found in the inside of envelopes. Until now the oldest known source appears to be the printer Berthold in Berlin that offered lead plates to be used as Data Protection Patterns in their catalogue from 1913. Through the invention and usage of carbon paper written information could be stored simultaneously as an original and as copies on the various stacked and covered layers. The technical processes of multiple copy forms required a printing on the cover page in order to black out certain areas used to convey information. Superficially an excess of information transforms the “private information” through a mad storm of numbers and letters into apparent non-existence. But by this, the private is established. Data Protection Pattern guarantee the indecipherability of the information until it reaches the intended receiver. Today, a new global network of unsecured data transfer remains to be resolved. While DPP continues to proliferate in print media, it provides the model for carriers of electronic information, which are physically erased by overwriting the entire data carrier, or at least the used sectors, with a confusion of pattern. An excess of information transforms the “private” into apparent non-resistance.

Project for Interni Legacy, 2012, Milan, Itlay
Dates: Salone di Mobile, 16th – 30th April 2012
Location: Università degli Studi di Milano, Via Festa del Perdono, 7, Milan, Italy
The installation will be realized by Vorwerk


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