Image credits: David Mirzoeff 2017

Forgot Your Password

Forgot your password? No problem. You can probably look it up again in one of these eight volumes of alphabetised personal passwords. Artist Aram Bartholl compiled the 4.6 million passwords that were leaked in the hack of the professional networking site LinkedIn in 2012. Was your password amongst them? When we create a personal profile online and safeguard it with what we believe is our unique password, even those private passwords are vulnerable to breaches, and may expose parts of our digital selves that we thought were safe. Looking at all these accumulated passwords, what stories do they tell us about the groups of people with similar passwords, or how they came up with them? And if your password can be reverse-engineered to reveal something about you or others like you, how safe or unique is it really.