h(id)den, 2014

h(id)den operates in the space between the conflicting desires to share and obscure personal data. While making identifying information accessible is vital to communication and transactions, a pervasive discomfort surrounds its dissemination. h(id)den investigates this tension by implementing a number of different systems of encryption, each designed to represent 400 characters of my personal information. In an attempt to reexamine digital encryption methods, the systems are inspired by the character’s original encoding in Roman and Arabic typography. Viewers are encouraged to experience sharing their personal data through an iPhone app that encodes 25 characters of their identifying information in one of these systems and provides a platform for dissemination.