Bin Laden's Hard Drive

My latest project, Bin Laden’s Bookcase which involves the thermal printing of all the declassified images that were recovered from Bin Laden’s personal computer during the raid on his compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan. Each image was printed in a continuous line on 50m of paper into a clear Perspex box in which his images will remain.

Bin Laden's Hard Drive

Bin Laden's Hard Drive

Bin Laden's Hard Drive

Bin Laden's Hard Drive

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Each image was printed in a continuous line on 50m of paper into a clear Perspex box in which his images will remain.

We're basically the Whole Earth Catalog without any whole or any earth.

During my second year at university my housemates and I decided to create an unoffical student magazine to rival our current one.I had creative freedom over the visual direction and identity of the magazine. 

While browsing twitter on day in lockdown, I discovered an interesting article that discussed the release and declassification of all of the content of Osama Bin Laden’s personal computers, which were found during the raid of his compound in Abbotabad, Pakistan. I immediately began to search for these images. It took me a while to navigate the CIA website, but after some time, I was face with over 1 terabyte of data that once belonged on the hard drives of Bin Laden.

The contents of the hard drive were incredibly interesting. I found crocheting tutorials, “Charlie bit my finger” videos and FiFa video games. My experience through the data was surprisingly light, until I reached deeper into the files, and discovered the inevitable sprawl of terrorist imagery and propaganda. After I had preview most of the content, I knew this would make a fascinating project. I experimented with traditional editorial formats to display such a large amount of sensitive data, but I found this just didn’t do justice to the content. I looked into archival cycles and the different stages through an images’ life.

During my second year at university my housemates and I decided to create an unoffical student magazine to rival our current one.I had creative freedom over the visual direction and identity of the magazine.