Last year's LinkedIn password hack shook the business-oriented social network to its core. Millions of usernames and passwords were published online in one of the largest security breaches ever. But where LinkedIn saw a PR nightmare and users saw a security concern, conceptual artist Aram Bartholl saw art.
Forgot Your Password is a set of eight books containing some 4.7 million passwords that were leaked in June 2012. Visitors to the exhibit, which has toured Europe and is currently residing in Bartholl's native Germany, are invited to look through the volumes to see if their password is inside. Each password is arranged alphabetically and presented without its linked username(s). In addition to the books, Bartholl has also exhibited a pair of prints called Private Password, which contain 10,000 passwords each.