Online censorship is increasingly pervasive throughout the world. While content and methods vary, the result is the same: Access to information that we can freely access from here is, in many places, denied.
Internet users all over the world have, however, found ways to defy censorship. They use proxies, virtual private networks, and other tools to circumvent government bans on all types of content. With help from people in the uncensored world, they create “mirrors”, alternative sites that host banned content. They are often one step ahead in the cat and mouse game of censorship.
This installation, which was displayed with the Deep Lab the third installment of the New Museum’s IDEAS CITY uses QR codes as a tool to create an intermediary step between the user and the website, simulating the additional step that users living under censorship must employ. The three countries represented here differ in many ways, but have one thing in common: They are all censors.