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A confused mixture of sounds and voices.

Reparation for Events Real and Imagined (tile 2)

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Babel Image
digitally manipulated photograph, 13.8" x 13.5"

Babel Jar

As we now rely on automated algorithms to supply us with "relevant" search results, we have also become more dependent on machine-readable data. This machine-readable data is quite vulnerable to becoming lost if we were to lose access to the machines that can read the information. The objects in the Babel Jar contain data that is much like a message in a bottle. If the viewer can scan the QR code, or open the USB drive or SD card, the URL of the Babel Image will be discovered.

Babel Jar - opened
Babel Jar, 2013
Glass jar, QR code printed on paper and mounted on cardboard, 64Mb SD Card, 4G USB drive, and two memory components from unreadable USB drives.

Babel Jar - closed
Babel Jar, 2013 (detail)

Further Resources

QR Code to the Babel Image
QR code inside the Babel Jar.