Sealed with a Bit: !Mediengruppe Bitnik

re:publica 2015


Random Darknet Shopping Bots, Mail Art and Surveillance Algorithms: Mediengruppe Bitnik on their latest works, Art and Technology


!Mediengruppe Bitnik are contemporary artists based in Zurich. In their talk they will give some insights into their latest works around bots. They will retrace their recent explorations into the Darknets - from Memes to Onionland - and talk about anonymity as anti-identity and applying loss of control to challenge established structures and mechanisms.

!Mediengruppe Bitnik has been known for sending a bot called «Random Darknet Shopper» on a three-month shopping spree in the Darknets where it randomly bought items like Ecstasy and had them sent directly to the exhibition space.

In early 2013 they sent a parcel to WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange at the Ecuadorian embassy. The parcel contained a camera which broadcast its journey through the postal system live on the internet. They describe «Delivery for Mr. Assange» as a SYSTEM_TEST and a Live Mail Art Piece.

Mittwoch, 6. Mai 2015 - 20:00 bis 21:00