DARK WEB

v.04

 

"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.

Large-scale and small-scale drawings of Dark Web v.04(The Ends of the Earth) are hand drawn maps of various points within the dark web derived from a list of active TOR nodes. IP addresses from particular groupings of TOR nodes are converted to lines, angles, and circles showing the interconnected and dense structure of the network. A large 4' x 15' drawing is hung on one wall of the gallery while smaller drawings ranging from 8"x10" to 24"x 36" are grouped on the other walls. Dark Web v.04 (Phantom Islands) converts the IP addresses in the same way as v.04 but further mirrors the architecture of the dark web by generating the design in water marks. The IP addresses were all traffic moving through a node run by Sphere.

Dark Web v.03 Button Dark Web v.05 Button

Dark Web 04 (The Ends of the Earth)

Dark Web v.04 (The Ends of the Earth), graphite on mylar, IP addresses of the 800 active TOR exit nodes from April of 2017

Dark Web 04 (The Ends of the Earth) detail

Dark Web v.04 (The Ends of the Earth) detail

Dark Web 04 (The Ends of the Earth) detail

Dark Web v.04 (The Ends of the Earth) detail

Dark Web 04 (The Ends of the Earth) detail

Dark Web v.04 (The Ends of the Earth) detail

Dark Web 04 (The Ends of the Earth)

Dark Web v.04 (The Ends of the Earth) pen on mylar, IP addresses of the most active TOR nodes

Dark Web 04 (The Ends of the Earth)

Dark Web v.04 (The Ends of the Earth) pen on mylar, IP addresses of the most active TOR nodes

Dark Web 04 (The Ends of the Earth)

Dark Web v.04 (The Ends of the Earth) detail

Dark Web 04 (The Ends of the Earth)

Dark Web v.04 (The Ends of the Earth) detail

Dark Web v.04 (Phantom Islands)

Dark Web v.04 (Phantom Islands), handmade paper with custom watermarks, wood, electronics, IP addresses of nodes comunicating with Spere's node

Dark Web v.04 (Phantom Islands) detail

Dark Web v.04 (Phantom Islands), detail

Dark Web v.04 (Phantom Islands) detail

Dark Web v.04 (Phantom Islands), detail

Dark Web v.04 (Phantom Islands) detail

Dark Web v.04 (Phantom Islands), detail

All works Sphere 2010–

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