Audrey Wilson, ‘Anonymous’, 2016, Alida Anderson Art Projects

Context Art Miami 2016

For an unidentified group, the hacker collective called Anonymous has made the news quite a few times since its inception. They are largely considered the most famous hacktivist group in the world. The group, which is composed of a loosely organized international network, has its roots from the online image-based bulletin board 4chan, which started in 2003 and is used by people all over the world. The name "Anonymous" was inspired by the perceived anonymity under which users posted on 4chan. The group’s two symbols both underscore the group’s inscrutability and lack of any formal leadership. The various people behind Anonymous worldwide are united in a belief that corporations and organizations they consider to be corrupt should be attacked. Not all of Anonymous’ activities involve attacking networks or websites. Anonymous has also been active in initiating public protests. But the web and IRC channels are the lifeblood of the group. If it were not for the Internet, Anonymous would’ve never existed.

About Audrey Wilson

American, b. 1987, Columbus, OH, United States, based in Washington, DC, United States