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Paranoid Steganography -or- Credulous Reverse Engineering / This.Play Space / 25.09, 12:00 - 18:00
Paranoid Steganography -or- Credulous Reverse Engineering / This.Play Space / 25.09, 12:00 - 18:00
Paranoid Steganography is an intentionally naive approach to interpreting signals and symbols. It combines the techniques of cryptographic analysis and reverse engineering with the premise that there are secret messages everywhere.

Steganography is the cryptographic technique of hiding secret messages in seemingly innocuous cover messages. These messages can then be sent over public or insecure channels without worrying about interception or incidental eavesdropping. Some common implementations include text hidden in images posted to online forums or spam-like emails where each word represents an encoded character in a sentence. A paranoid idea is an assumption of relationship between two or more phenomena that have no substantial evidence of any connection. In this case, the paranoid steganographer takes an image, radio signal, sound recording or text and attempts to interpret meaning. As steganography produces seemingly harmless carrier messages in order to avoid suspicion, every innocent message must be assumed to contain potential secrets.

Participants will build simple antennae to capture ambient electro-magnetic signals. These signals will be fed into a laptop which will then translate them based on our paranoid mapping to sound or images. We will conclude the workshop with a brief performance of our results. Workshop participants should bring a laptop computer, any operating system is fine. It is not necessary to have extensive programming experience as we will begin with easily modified examples in Python and PD. Tools, parts and external hardware will be provided.

Thanks for your participation!

Workshop Location:
This.Play Space, Glockengasse 10, 1020 Wien

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Brendan Howell
Brendan Howell (USA, b. 1976) is a media artist and an engineer. In addition to his own software works and interactive inventions, he contributes to Open Source software projects including Fritzing and Gnome. He is the creator of PyCessing, a system for learning and experimental programming. He often teaches at universities like UMBC, The Kunsthochschule Berlin Weißensee, FH-Potsdam and the Merz Akademie. He currently lives and works in Berlin, Germany and teaches at the Berliner Technische Kunsthochschule.
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