What is it?

This imagined device purports to cure viruses in both humans and machines. In reality, it does nothing.

“MacAffy’s Anti-Viral Revigorator” is my response to quack medical devices: a fictional predecessor to a real-world antivirus software product.

There is an interesting dynamic in cybersecurity: those who make the “bad things” and those who make the “good things” are sometimes the same people at different stages of their careers. Youngsters might make a virus in their youth, only to become a professional security researcher. I feel that the software techniques of some commercial antivirus products may reflect these roots.

Computer viruses are definitely real, and antivirus software is real too. I don’t mean to suggest otherwise.

The core of this artwork is a found object, a Weston 603 light meter which was in very poor condition. I created its medallion, pamphlet, and labels, and aged it further with waxes, dyes, and paint.

What, where, when


Care and Feeding







Follow for New Artwork

Instagram Mastodon Facebook

Insiders Email

Be the first to know about my new artwork, shows, and events.

Drop me a note: