Title: Hoarders:
Season One, Episode One

Year: 2011

Medium: Inscribed clay tablet

Description: This clay tablet has been inscribed with Cuneiform using a carved stylus while the clay was pliable, as was the practice in ancient Babylonia for accounting and astronomy. Often these tablets were wetted and reused. This tablet is modelled after a digital memory card and the Cuneiform markings are a translation of binary code (eg: 01100). This binary code was extracted from a commercial DVD recording of a single episode of the TV series Hoarders. As the tablet indicates it would take a total of 122,502,299 similar tablets to record a single episode in Cuneiform. This particular excerpt of translated binary is from a section of the DVD showing a view of a garbage filled kitchen

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