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Artists !Mediengruppe Bitnik talk about recent works around bots and the online ecosystems that has been forming around them. Through the lens of their recent works around algorithms and bots, !Mediengruppe Bitnik offer a look into some of the technologies shaping our day-to-day.
Retracing their explorations into the Darknets with Random Darknet Shopper, !Mediengruppe Bitnik will talk about the shopping bot which linked the darknet directly to the art space. With a weekly budget of $100 in Bitcoins, the bot went shopping on the deep web where it randomly bought items like cigarettes, keys, trousers or a Hungarian passport scan and had them sent directly to exhibition spaces in Switzerland, the UK and Slovenia.
In a more recent series of works !Mediengruppe Bitnik use the hacked online dating site Ashley Madison as a case study to talk about the current relationship between human and machine, Internet intimacy and the use of virtual platforms to disrupt and defraud.