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Exploration into Darknet

  • Kunst Halle Sankt Gallen
  • Kunst Halle Sankt Gallen
December 17, 2014

We are all connected… And it is no more a question of is it good or bad – it seems that we have passed this juncture long ago. Notion of public/private is dispersed somewhere in the Bermuda Triangle of popular culture, postmodern identities and multi-media communication (be sure to check out Art Post-Internet). And this is only the tip of the iceberg. As if some aspects of these notions weren’t scary enough, try turning the lights off and seeing what happens…

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The Darknet From Memes to Onionland. An Exploration – exhibition view at Kunst Halle Sankt Gallen

A Space of Freedom and…

Most of us haven’t probably been able to see first hand what the Deepnet actually is? However, some of us who have had a chance to exploit some of the possibilities of completely free information sharing had certainly been able to witness some of the “dark alleys” which one can stumble upon… The Deep Web represents an encrypted, almost invisible network which is accessed through and used by a big number of hackers across the globe. On the other hand, hacker communications systems are not widely recognized by the public and usually analyzed in various forms through the activities of theoreticians and artists. Although users of the Deep Web can enjoy the power-free space, ungoverned by authorities, there are those aspects which give this space a notorious reputation, and for a good reason – stolen data, twisted pornography, weapons and drug trafficking…

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The Darknet From Memes to Onionland. An Exploration – exhibition view at Kunst Halle Sankt Gallen

A Contemplation on the Deep Web Space

Within the space of Kunst Halle Sankt Gallen, a group of inspiring artists is exploring the nature of the Deepnet. !Mediengruppe Bitnik (Carmen Weisskopf and Domagoj Smoljo) instigated this artistic cooperation. A piece by Eva and Franco Mattes titled Emily’s Video is a collection of recorded reactions of people watching a mysterious video which had been sourced from the Deepnet and later destroyed (check out the playlist below). On the other hand, artist Cory Arcangel optimizes this very webpage in order to enable the search engines such as Google to easily locate it. Artists Robert Sakrowski, Valentina Tanni and Simon Denny are manipulating and curating groups of videos, memes and data. The creative expression of Heath Bunting examines data storage devices, exploring identity networks by means of American Express credit cards, iPhones and gift cards… Finally, Seth Price shows how to disappear in America, thus examining the notions related to online identity. This kind of collaborative artistic practice is intended to build a particular aesthetics from the multiple perspectives rendered activity. Thus, the creative individuals question an extremely controversial phenomenon of accessing the Deep Web…

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The Darknet From Memes to Onionland. An Exploration – exhibition view at Kunst Halle Sankt Gallen

The Darknet From Memes to Onionland. An Exploration

The Deep Web – From Memes to Onionland. An Exploration transforms the space of Kunst Halle Sankt Gallen into a platform for the research of Deep Web and the interpretation of copyright, hacking, privacy, illegality and symbolic resistance. The exhibition is achieved through artistic contributions, workshops and discussions. It is available for the eyes of the public until January 11th 2015. And, guess what? Kunst Halle Sankt Gallen can now also be found on the Deep Web (at http://vtw7g7wcdsgxq4ru.onion/, only with a tor-browser).

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Kunst Halle Sankt Gallen
The Darknet From Memes to Onionland. An Exploration – exhibition view at Kunst Halle Sankt Gallen

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