DARK WEB

v.03

 

"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.

Much like Dark Web v.02's look at the landscape of the dark web is continued in Dark Web v.03 (Causeway) sit on pedestals spread throughout the gallery. 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 and v.03 point to the layered structure of encryption that TOR relies upon as they form abstract topographies of undulating peaks and valleys. Dark Web v.03 is modeled after island geography's, similar to those seen in dark web sites.

Dark Web v.02 Button Dark Web v.04 Button

Dark Web v.03 (Causeway)

Dark Web v.03 (Causeway), acrylic, wood, web addresses of blogs dark web sites

Dark Web v.03 (Causeway) detail

Dark Web v.03 (Causeway), detail

Dark Web v.03 (Causeway) detail

Dark Web v.03 (Causeway), detail

Dark Web v.03 (Causeway) detail

Dark Web v.03 (Causeway), detail

All works Sphere 2010–

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