a project by World Wide West at the 2016 🔮:#Forecast Summit
In our digital age, information comes and goes rapidly, quickly disappearing into the depths of the infinite scroll. The Encoded Forest is an experiment in preserving information - in this case, the wifi password - super long term. I wrote a simple processing app that translates any wifi password into ‘tree binary’, with trees for 1’s and blank spaces for 0’s. Over the course of 4 days, WWW summit participants together planted 128 redwood trees in a large grid while performing various land-clearing rituals.
The forest is expected to live for thousands of years, but will require care as it’s prone to corruption from deer, gopher and volunteer trees. Future wifi-seekers at This Will Take Time will be instructed to walk along the forest to decode the password among the trees.