Playing With Fire*


Inkjet on washi, oil marker, mylar tape, washi tape, handwritten notes in graphite. Dimensions H x L

Upside-down At Any Angle, triptych of 31 x 22 inch panels (31 x 66 inches as displayed)
Peer-Centered Network Map, 58 x 22 inches.

2019, 2020


A series exploring the distribution of 3D Gun Files on the internet post September 1, 2018. After this date, the United States Department of State banned the company Defense Distributed from public distribution of the files for the first 3D printed gun, the Liberator. Immediately after, this file re-appeared on the dark web, on download sites, and on peer to peer networks. Several months later, schematics for additional weapons also started circulating, including AR-15, AK-47, Glock 17, and accessories such as large capacity magazines and bump fire gadgets.

The resulting cartography uses data from sampling peer to peer traffic to construct the network locations, and maps those peer locations on top of the geographies of high speed optical fiber from submarine cables, along with exit nodes from the Tor network.