|Thursday, October 31, 2002|
Hidden and not so Hidden Messages
Steganography simply takes one piece of information and hides it within another. StegoArchive.com
For example, yesterday's picture of Jack Valenti conveys infomation as a picture, plus a hidden message.
Unlike, Jack Valenti's picture, where the small symbols that make it up can be seen and may prompt the question of a hidden message, Steganography's true value is when the message is so hidden that it cannot be detected and only the sender and intended receiver know the message.
For a piece of art to include a coded message component, there must be some way for the intended reciever to understand there is a message and be able to get to it. For art to allude to the message so that it a general audience can at least understand there may be a message, it needs to be relatively overt, or the artist's intent known through other means (in some form of an artist statement.)