[resource-net] : SPEKTRUM Exhibition #10: Dark Technology Dark Web: 21-23 April

Lieke Ploeger liekeploeger at gmail.com
Thu Apr 13 14:56:47 CEST 2017

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Exhibition #10:
Dark Technology
Dark Web
21-23 April 2017

*third part of Dark Society  curated by Alfredo Ciannameo*

*While smart is the keyword of the omni-connection through the internet of
things and social media, dark is the state of our relation with the
user-oriented technology that operates the data collection of our online
choices and issues our privacy and self determination in the web.*

*Like never before, we are spectators of an effort of sense-making within
the massive amount of data available, which is in urgent need of being
interpreted by controversial intelligent machines, such as hackers do when
they call them systems of surveillance. In this digital space, the Dark Web
extends into grey-zone territory: banned by society as a container of
illegal activities while serving as a genesis of new subcultures.*

*The 3rd Exhibition for this section of Dark Society aims to gather works
that unveil these technological dimensions while questioning the ability
and necessity for users to stay anonymous, hide their tracks or obfuscate
their surrounding systems of surveillance. *

*• Friday 21 April (day-ticket 7-12 euro up to your offer)*
18:00 | Exhibition Opening
21:00 | Media-performance by *Joana Chicau*
21:30 | AV-performance by *Svonica H7H*

• *Saturday 22 April (day-ticket 7-12 euro up to your offer)*
09:00 | Workshop: *Counter Surveillance by Julian Oliver and Danja Vasiliev
18:00 | Exhibition Opening
21:00 | Performance: *Cell Memory*

• *Sunday 23 April (day-ticket 5-10 euro up to your offer)*
09:00 | Workshop: *Counter Surveillance by Julian Oliver and Danja Vasiliev
14:00 | CryptoParty (free entrance)
18:00 | Exhibition Opening
19:00 | Closing Conference moderated by *Tatiana Bazzichelli*

*• Monday 24 April (registered workshop attendees only)*
09:00 | Workshop: *Counter Surveillance by Julian Oliver and Danja Vasiliev

Read more // Join
*Counter Surveillance Workshop *
*with tutors Julian Oliver and Danja Vasiliev*
As our dependence on networked technology deepens, so does the risk of that
same technology being used to exploit us. This intensive 3-day workshop
will guide participants through the tools, techniques and concepts
necessary to protect themselves and those they care about from compromise
by state actors, corporations and other predators in networked domains.

   - Register: spektrumberlin.de/events/detail/counter-

*The Virtual Watchers *
*web-**installation by Joana Moll*
an on-going research project at the intersection of art, research and
technology that questions the dynamics of crowdsourcing at contemporary
State borders. It focuses on the exchanges that occurred within a Facebook
group that gathered American volunteers ready to monitor US-Mexico border
through an online platform that displayed live screenings of CCTV cameras.
The declared aim of this operation was to bring American citizens to
participate in reducing border crime and block the entrance of illegal
immigration to the US by means of crowdsourcing.
*SkyLift: Low-Cost Geo-Location Spoofing Device **by Adam Harvey*
SkyLift is small device that exploits the longstanding vulnerability (from
2009) in geo-location positioning using WiFi BSSIDs. Companies, including
Google and Apple, rely on the use of this WiFi packets from home routers to
return the estimated smart-phone users position. Until now, this method has
required the use of multiple routers and a complicated, expensive setup.
SkyLift reintroduces the concept to a new au-dience using a low-cost,
Arduino-compatible WiFi transceiver (ESP8266) to relocate the user to
almost anywhere in the world. The project has been exhibited as part of the
!Mediengruppe Bitnik’s Assange Room installation at the Zoo Gallery
(Nantes), at La Gaîté Lyrique (Paris), and at FACT (Liverpool) where it has
been shown to successfully relocate visitors to the actual location of
Julian Assange’s room in Lon-don. For this web residency, I would like to
demonstrate how SkyLift can be easily built and used by activists to break
geofencing and obscure geolocation metadata.

*Focal Opacity **web-installation by 'J-random-x':* Newspapers and
televisions are increasingly paying attention to the Darknet, Darkweb,
Deepweb and to all variations of nicknames for the Tor network, picturing
it as an obscure, malefic and opaque underground Internet. Its true nature
is in reality a lot more variegated and complex and rarely we get to see
it. "Light in the Dark" is an interactive artwork that immedia-tely drags
the spectator into the realities and aesthetics of the Darknet. The artist
created a software that harvests and snapshots thousands of websites that
exist only in this anonymity network and collected a comprehensive visual
representation of an otherwise hidden world. Through the lens of a virtual
flashlight the spectator zaps randomly every few seconds to a different
hidden website, exploring the duality of anonymity and navigating through a
world of pranksters, scammers, drugs and weapons dealers, as well as
whistleblowers, anarchists and hacktivists.
[image: Opening Performance @ V2_Rotterdam]
Opening Performance @ V2_Rotterdam
*WebPage Act I, II, III* *performance by Joana Chicau. *the artist created
a specific grammar or vocabulary that links choreographic concepts from
post- modern dance with web-coding functions. The new vocabulary brings new
meaning and produces a new imaginary around the act of coding. This
technique follows the concept of esoteric programming languages, also
called esolang, used when writing so ware, integrating a new grammar into
an existing one. Although an esolang doesn’t have a proper functionality,
it is used in combination with other programming languages to explore
alternative ways of composing and writing code.
Gray Matters - Trailer
*Gray Matters **Performance *by *Diana Neranti, Florence Razoux, Régis
A multimedia performance examining interdisciplinary and international
representations and perceptions of the human brain, Gray Matters integrates
science, technology, art and cultural history to raise questions about the
dichotomy between matter and mind, the ownership and privacy of somatic
data, and ethics in traditional and modern medicine across the world.
Drawing from the aesthetics of medical traditions, the performance imagines
new rituals for harvesting data from the body and deciphering the mysteries
of the mind. Gray Matters has been curated by Yidi Tsao and premiered in
March 2017 at the Forecast Forum at Haus der Kulturen Der Welt, Berlin.
Scanned_Image preview
*Scanned_Image **Installation by Marcelina Wellmer in coll. with Gösta
The work is questioning a circuit of random, technical occurrences. Two
scanners are scanning each other – every time in a different, random
resolution and at a different point in time. Two webcams relay the scanning
process to the monitor and the printer reproduces the image of the
scanners’ encounter. An office lamp, flickering along with the process of
printing, amplifies the visual noise. The last device in the chain is a
shredder – you can take the produced image with you or instantly destroy
it. Another element of the work is sound. Piezo and magnetic microphones
attached to the technical devices collect their emitted sounds and
electrical fields. The signals get amplified directly through twelve
speakers in various frequencies and intensity. In parallel the sound gets
processed by software on the computer, controlling the office light and
creating a looping and feedbacking soundscape. The machines and devices are
functioning in an independent, autonomous circuit, making the human factor
*you-are-watching.me <http://you-are-watching.me> **web-installation by
NULL* is a live film that uses footage from found open web-cam feeds. It
exists in the form of a website that accesses live streaming cameras
without any kind of password protec-tion. Some of them seem to have open
access by choice, others by neglect, because it is live footage, there is
no real control over what happens inside the frame. It is a dramatised
narrative construction patched from real life.
*dystropicana **by the artgames community *is a digital multimedia
archipelago first conceptualized during a one day jam in the year 2k16.
Look at the beautiful coral reefs and lie to me about all the dead parts
and soda cans.
dystropicana launch trailer

*Collective Screening: '*Emergence' and 'Po[e]litics From the
Anthropocene' two films by Hannes Andersson // 'ENHANC[=MENT' an
animation-novel by Gabriel S Moses // 'Internet of Refugees' by Ronnie
Karfiol: 'Welcome to Relief & Monitoring' + 'A Virtual Guided Tour in the
Aegean Sea' // 'Colombia – a film made with Google-map' by Juan Alonso

*CryptoParty: *Learn and teach how to use basic cryptography tools in a
relaxed and respectful atmosphere. No prior knowledge required: curiosity,
wanting to learn, asking questions is all that's needed. Bringing your
laptop or smartphone would be useful. CryptoParties are always for free.

*Closing Conference *moderated by Tatiana Bazzichelli: with
presentation/talk of Joana Moll, Adam Harvey, Julian Oliver and a
CryptoAngel from CryptoParty Berlin.

*SPEKTRUM* is a project space in Neukölln for idealisation, realisation and
exhibition of technology-based artworks, media-focused events and
futuristic utopias based on the principle "do-it-together-with-others". Above
all, we are an open space promoting participatory processes to co-define
and co-design a social and physical playground for curiosity and critical

Alfredo Ciannameo & Lieke Ploeger

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