Hiding in Plain Sight. Amy Suo Wu’s The Kandinsky

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  • Florian Cramer Willem de Kooning Academy. Research Station

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https://doi.org/10.46516/inmaterial.v2.40

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The history of 20th century painting conventionally identifies abstraction with modernism and the return of figuration with postmodernism. But abstraction ended much earlier, in a spy operation during World War II, when a British intelligence officer, in a stroke of genius, found abstract paintings to be the perfect carriers for secret messages transported across the ocean. For this purpose, he commissioned a painting to Wassily Kandinsky that included a secret message encoded – in the manner of flag signs or Morse code – into its seemingly abstract visual shapes. This anecdote explains steganography: the clever hiding of messages in other messages. Steganographic messages do not need to appear innocuous. At some point, militant jihadists were reported to run pornographic websites as a cover, using porn images for hidden communication. [...]

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2017-12-20

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Cramer, F. 2017. Hiding in Plain Sight. Amy Suo Wu’s The Kandinsky. INMATERIAL. Diseño, Arte y Sociedad. 2, 4 (dic. 2017), 104–116. DOI:https://doi.org/10.46516/inmaterial.v2.40.

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