As a socially engaged museum, MOTI initiated the Crypto Design Challenge in 2015 to provide an answer to the growing societal concerns regarding online privacy. Making communication channels for sending texts and images secure is complicated, and it’s something that designers are not or insufficiently concerned with at present. The challenge aimed at changing this.
Participants were prepped for the challenge at four Salons (meet-ups) and other connected events such as a ‘Facebook Farewell Party’ and ‘Internet Yami-ichi / Black Market’ event. The Salons provided room for thought, discussion, exchanging ideas and work together on small projects.
The work of the 14 nominees of the challenge was part of the exhibition Design my Privacy by MOTI Museum of the Image in Breda (The Netherlands). The exhibition addressed the themes of online privacy and digital surveillance through contemporary art and design. The show was on display at MOTI and later at Z33 House of Contemporary Art in Hasselt (Belgium). Find pictures of the exhibition in Z33 here.
Picture © Kristof Vrancken/Z33