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Onomatopee 155 / Cabinet project
Tactics and poetics of invisibility
A collaborative giant colouring wall with invisible ink.

Opening August 25
Exhibition on untill September 30

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A Cookbook of Invisible Writing
Onomatopee 155

Amy Wu

Price: € 0,00    In (Re)print

“A Cookbook of Invisible Writing” by Amy Wu is an introduction to analog steganography, a type of secret writing that is hidden in plain sight. This book serves as a starter pack to run workshops with groups who are interested in alternative forms of communication. It contains invisible ink recipes and other invisible communication techniques that may be used to subvert surveillance and bypass censorship, but also inspire your community to develop poetic and playful forms of communication to nurture social bonds. 

In the tradition of esoteric manuals published on secret writing, this cookbook also channels the spirit of everyday access and the easy distribution and sharing of practical knowledge. Following Della Porta’s 1558 popular science book Natural Magic, one of the first major publications that detailed simple but diverse recipes of invisible inks for public consumption, this cookbook aims to bring this obscure field to a wider audience. The publication includes a critical essay about the history of surveillance through a feminist and postcolonial lens. In the last Chapter is the artistic practice of the author and her body of work that aims to resuscitate analog techniques in light of todays digitally surveilled mediascapes. 

Written and designed by Amy Wu
Realised in collaboration with Kenniscentrum Creating 010, Hogeschool Rotterdam

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