Freedom of Information Act: Carbon Copy

2009 Anthony Blunt FBI

Freedom of Information Act

In 1967 U.S. citizens obtained the right to read government documents. The law in question was amended after the Watergate scandal in 1974. Today the most significant court cases in American history can be accessed by the public. The FBI web site contains information about Anthony Blunt: a 91-page document, mostly blacked out, containing little additional information.

Carbon Copy

The documents pertaining to Anthony Blunt that were published under the Freedom of Information Act appear to be old photocopies. Older analogue devices were unable to produce grey scales. Instead black/white structures were generated that represent images and colours. What you see here are more copies. The transcript of the tape recording was the basis for these carbon copies, which are also part of the installation.