in context of room, building and city


room-sized typographies at 3 walls, Sizes 13m x 5,40m, 77,60 x 2,20m, 12m x 2,40m; 3rd prize, in co-operation with Dipl.Ing. Rafal Wamka

Fritz Balthaus: Kryptotypo

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Encoded text typographies were chosen for all three art sites at the Bundesnachrichtendienst; they are applied to the walls with room-high lettering. These encoded scripts deal directly with a German secret service operation, describe a historic encryption procedure and name important inventors of encryption techniques. For further encryption all texts have no space between the letters: text encryption via self-elimination.


1st site


In the entrance hall the visitors are greeted by a puzzling white wall typography. The crypto-typo is integrated into the doors and installations in the entrance hall. In a further step, the existing foyer architecture covers and encrypts the text. This first entrance hall typo covers up the name of an undercover operation by the Lower Saxon Verfassungsschutz from 1978verdeckten Operation des niedersächsischen Verfassungsschutzes aus dem Jahre 1978.



2nd site


Visitors find additional art sites after climbing the stairs to the first floor. On the right is a white extension of the wall that extends into the entrance hall. This installation suggestion is a link for all three art sites. Architecture and access meet in art. A typographical implementation can be seen on this extended wall. Here an explanatory text about Vigenère encryption is applied to itself.



3rd site


The wall is directed to the third art site with its extended end. The third typography, in primary and secondary colors on the window at the end of the site creates the visual endpoint of the bridge. Here the names of important inventors of encoding and decoding procedures were encrypted.