DARK WEB

v.02

 

"Dark Web" is an exhibition of work by the Sphere new media artist group addressing security and privacy in our electronic era and is composed of a series of work: Dark Web v.01, Dark Web v.02, Dark Web v.03, Dark Web v.04, and Dark Web v.05. Each of these works approach the role and function of the TOR network, an important tool for maintaining anonymity on the internet, from varying angles seeking to give a physical and emotional presence to the activity traveling through the network itself. Forming the centerpiece of the exhibition on a pedestal in the middle of the gallery is a computer running a TOR node and a monitor displaying real time statistics of the traffic that is passing through it. As these raw numbers slide across the monitor they form the underlying structure of the sculptures and drawings throughout the gallery.

Zooming out from the individual node, the five sculptures of Dark Web v.02 (Atol), (Sediment), and (Straight) sit on pedestals spread throughout the room bringing physical form to the unseen landscape of TOR's hidden .onion websites. These .onion websites are accessible only through TOR's web browser, which masks user activity under multiple layers of encryption. These sculptures are created from multiple layers of acrylic cut into shapes based on the source code scraped from .onion websites. The stacked sheets of acrylic in Dark Web v.02 points to the layered structure of encryption that TOR relies upon as they form abstract topographies of undulating peaks and valleys. Complex movements and communications are simultaneously revealed and concealed by these topographies.

Dark Web v.01 Button Dark Web v.03 Button

Dark Web v.02 (Strait)

Dark Web v.02 (Strait), acrylic, wood, web addresses of banks’ dark web sites

Dark Web v.02 (Strait) detail

Dark Web v.02 (Strait), detail

Dark Web v.02 (Atoll)

Dark Web v.02 (Atoll), acrylic, wood, web addresses of the seven most popular dark web sites

Dark Web v.02 (Sediment)

Dark Web v.02 (Sediment), acrylic, wood, web addresses of news organizations’ dark web sites

Dark Web v.02 (Sediment) detail

Dark Web v.02 (Sediment), detail

Dark Web v.02 (Sediment) detail

Dark Web v.02 (Sediment), detail

All works Sphere 2010–

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