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“New Imaginaries for Crypto Design”, metaphors and new images of the Deep Web at the NeMe Arts Center in Cyprus

Until 7 April 2018, the NeMe Arts Centre in Limassol (Cyprus) presents the exhibition “New Imaginaries for Crypto Design”, as a result of an open call to artists, designers, researchers and visionaries who are creating new images of the Deep Web.

The Internet is often thought of in terms of naval metaphors. It can be thought of as a sea that can be surfed and navigated by search engines. Of course, metaphors are often meant to grasp something unfamiliar by comparing it to something familiar. One of the more dominant metaphors of the Deep Web is the iceberg. The top of the iceberg, above the surface of the water, represents the Surface Web. The Surface Web contains all the data that can be “explored” by search engines like Google, Yahoo, Opera or Bing.

In this iceberg metaphor, the part of the iceberg which is ‘below the water,’ shapes popular understanding of the Deep Web. As we all know, visual language, symbols and metaphors help us to describe, classify, and understand the world around us; they are crutches for our mind. Images are crucial vehicles of meaning making and production. In turn, the image of the iceberg gives shape to the Surface Web and affects how the Deep Web comes to mind.

How can we begin to understand the structures that facilitate all of these every-day actions? What visual interpretations shine a light on the deep waters to reveal a more nuanced picture than that of the iceberg? This exhibition dives into these lesser-known parts of the web in order to resurface with a trove of imaginaries and metaphors.

Artists: Jonas Althaus, Jeanine van Berkel, Anna Bleakley, Camilo Cezar, Félicien Goguey, Arantxa Gonlag, Juhee Hahm, Abdelrahman Hassan, Kimberley ter Heerdt, Jake Henderson, Julia Janssen, Nikki Loef, Melani de Luca, Gianluca Monaco, Julia la Porte, Roos du Pree, Renée Ridgway, Yinan Song, Carlo ter Woord, Amy Wu.

Curated by Patricia de Vries.

More information here

1/ Félicien Goguey, IPMapper: Tripod, 2016.

2/  ‘The Web Game, 2016, Deep Web workshop at Makers Lab, Amsterdam with Melani de Luca, Gianluca Monaco, Camilo Cezar and Arantxa Gonlag.