This piece is my personal interpretation of the philosopher Michel Foucault's "Society Must Be Defended". In this series of lectures, he explores issues of racism and how it may be difficult to recode society to think in more open ways. The best way that I could think to represent Foucault’s words would to have them literally recode society.

To begin, I took a desaturated version of a digital image that I took at the Salk Institute at the University of California, San Diego and then found an online transcription of Foucault's lectures. With the help of a HEX editor, I copied and pasted parts of the text into the HEX code of my chosen image. Parts of Foucault's text was added gradually to prevent the image from being corrupted to the point where it could no longer be opened. After altering the image to a composition of my liking, I went into Photoshop to add the text and gave it a similar glitch effect to create a cohesive look to the entire piece.


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