The winners of MOTI’s Crypto Design Challenge were announced on 3 October. The prizes were awarded at the vernissage of the exhibition Design my Privacy. All 14 nominated submissions are on display as part of the exhibition. The jury decided on two winners.
About the Crypto Design Challenge
With the Crypto Design Challenge, MOTI called on designers and artists in the Netherlands and Belgium to submit new and inspiring proposals to make the encryption of digital images and information accessible to a wider public. Text and image encryption is a complex matter that has barely featured on designers’ radar so far. This call aims to change that. The call was disseminated widely with the support of 20 partners in the Netherlands and Belgium, and many proposals were received. MOTI shall now organise the Challenge as an annual event, as the museum sees privacy-related issues as an important challenge for design.
From the many entries, the following projects were selected as finalists:
Family Cryptography – Caitlin Berner & Jana Blom
DATTOO – Christina Yarashevich & Janne van Hooff
The Conditions of Privacy – Vera van de Seyp
The Black Vault – Joeri Woudstra
Page|Protest – Zineb Benassarou & Jorick de Quaasteniet
OneUp – Noami Naus
Crypto Typespecimen – Rafaël Henneberke
Web training collar – Jasper van Loenen
1km2_internet_vr-game – Freek Rutkens
Smell of Data – Leanne Wijnsma + Froukje Tan
Discreet Cosine Transform – Rosa Menkman
Network States – Monika Gruzite
The Consulate of Google – Roos Groothuizen
The Tracker’s Guide to the Cloud – Esther Weltevrede & Sabine Niederer
Prize winners of the Crypto Design Challenge
The jury of the first Crypto Design Challenge consisted of Caroline Nevejan (researcher and designer), Brenno de Winter (investigative journalist specialising in IT security), Cees Meeuwis (former managing director of Telfort and former member of parliament), Roel Bergsma (CSO Macaw), Renny Ramakers (Director of Droog Design) and Mieke Gerritzen (director of MOTI). From the finalists, the jury finally settled on two prize winners: Jasper van Loenen and Rosa Menkman.
Jasper van Loenen developed the Web Training Collar. Many websites continue to offer their visitors a non-secure http connection. Communication between the user’s computer and the website server is easy to intercept, particularly when using public WiFi networks. With the Web Training Collar, internet users can take control of the situation. Whenever they establish a non-secure connection, the collar gives the user a light but annoying electrical pulse. Applying the principle of the Pavlov effect, people can thus train themselves to only visit websites using a secure https connection, and so to protect themselves online.
Rosa Menkman submitted another striking proposal for the Crypto Design Challenge. Her project, titled Discrete Cosine Transform, enables the internet user to encrypt information. Successful encryption not only depends on the measure of encryption, but also of its placement. With this in mind, Menkman developed Discrete Cosine Transform. DCT uses the aesthetics of JPEG compression by masking the entire message as an artefact or error. Only a DCT-versed reader can recognise and read the secret message.
Exhibition Design my Privacy
The exhibition Design my Privacy addresses themes of online privacy and digital surveillance through contemporary art and design. Design my Privacy displays work by, among others: Willem Popelier, Mark Shepard, Ruben Pater, FRONT404, Rosa Menkman, Maddy Varner for F.A.T., Heath Bunting, Joyce Overheul, Owen Mundy, Jeroen van Loon and Sander Veenhof.
Crypto Design Network
Partners collaborating in the Crypto Design Challenge include:
Amsterdam Creative Industries Network, Institute for Network Cultures, Avans, Luca Arts, Brakke Grond, WdKA, Waag Society, ArtEZ, Graphic Design Festival Breda, Het Nieuwe Instituut, MU/STRP,Next Nature Network, TU Eindhoven, Mediamatic, Z33, SETUP, KaBK, Dutch Design Week, Worm, Sandberg Instituut, IMAL and others.
The exhibition Design my Privacy is sponsored by: The Art of Impact, Creative Industries Fund NL, BankgiroLoterij, BesteBuren, Stichting Democratie & Media and the City of Breda.