The project’s name comes from the First Epistle to the Corinthians (“For now we see through a glass darkly”). Today, our desire to “know even as we are also known” by those in our social networks conflicts with our essential need for a zone of privacy. The virtual spaces we inhabit are controlled by government and corporate entities that desire to know us in full — while being known by us, at most, only in part.
During the fall of 2013, project participants sent PGP-encrypted messages to the artist. He converted the messages — which he could not read — into QR codes, and superimposed them onto anaglyph images of an anonymous model, concealed by pixelation, but still partly discernible when viewed via red/cyan 3D glasses. As images were posted to the project’s Tumblr, intended recipients were able to scan and decrypt the messages hidden therein.