Jia Yu

Code Word Archive


To thwart censorship on online platforms, many people have created code words to communicate sensitive topics. As a result, they become metaphorical poets, deciphering each other’s codes, causing some words to lose their original meanings, and some words to disappear. Code Word Archive imagines a future where there is no longer a censorship mechanism, and the cryptic text of the past becomes a document of future human archaeology. A dictionary and videos become tools for deciphering poetic ciphers, tracing the taboos, and collecting memories of a period of online censorship.

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