Crypto Design Awards


Crypto Design Awards

The Deep Web evokes images of an underworld, the locus of shadow economies where illicit trade takes place that cannot bear the light of day. The Deep Web is much more than an online black market teeming with illegal activity. In fact, the Deep Web contains an estimated 96% of all the content to be found circulating online. It is one of the remaining bastions of individual privacy against corporate and governmental snooping and data mining, a place where anyone can remain anonymous.

The iceberg metaphor affects popular understanding of the Deep Web, as the inaccessible dangers of the murky “underwater” world. This Crypto Design Challenge is a shout out to artists, designers, researchers and visionaries to create a new images and conceptualizations of the Deep Web and related topics.

On the 25th of November, we explore such new imagery with designers, artists and researchers at the Crypto Design Awards in Paradiso, Amsterdam. We exhibit the nominated submissions, and a professional jury will choose the winner of the Crypto Design Award (€1250). The audience can also vote on their favorites for the Audience Award of €750!

Confirmed speakers include: Ingrid Burrington (Networks of New York), Harry Halpin (W3C), Luna Maurer & Roel Wouters (Studio Moniker), Constant Dullaart, Stefan Schäfer, Hendrik-Jan Grievink (Next Nature Network), David Gauthier, Metahaven, Cryptokids (Waag Society), Tijmen Schep (SETUP Utrecht) and Marjolijn Ruyg. The moderator is Josephine Bosma.



10.30 Doors open

10.30 - 11.00 Terms and Service Performance by Marc Tuters

11.00 - 11.10 Welcome by Sabine Niederer

11.10 - 11.20 Introduction by Josephine Bosma 

11.20 - 11.35 Cryptokids: How Do You Bring Encryption and the Web to the Classroom?

11.35 - 11.40 Moniker: Ethereum

11.40 - 11.55 Tijmen Schep: Design My Privacy

11.55 - 12.15 Metahaven: After Transparency

12.15 - 12.30 Hendrik-Jan Grievink: Natural Metaphors and the Deep Web

12.30 - 13.00 Ingrid Burrington: Taking Apart a Time Machine

13.00 - 14.00 Exhibition and lunch

14.00 - 14.30 Harry Halpin: 25 Years of Encryption Usability Failures: Is Key Invisibility the Key to Success?

14.30 - 14.40 The Plumbing Birds: The Data Prevention Manifesto

14.40 - 14.50 Marjolijn Ruyg: Designing A Data Double

14.50 - 15.00 David Gauthier: Loading... 800% Slower

15.00 - 15.20 Constant Dullaart: Obfuscating the Sublime, or Encrypting Beautifully?

15.20 - 15.30 Stëfan Schäfer: Deep Web/Hollow Earth

15.30 - 15.45 Mieke Gerritzen: Award Show




Josephine Bosma is an art critic living and working in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. She specializes in art in the context of the Internet. In 1997 Bosma became one of the key figures participating in and molding the then new sphere of critical Internet discourse (and practice) taking place in email lists such as Nettime and Rhizome. Josephine Bosma is one of only a few critics that have followed art in the context of the Internet from the early nineties till the post-Internet and hacker art practices of today. Some recent texts and interviews by Bosma have been Collect the World, the Artist as Archivist in the Internet Age (Link Art Center 2011), Aram Bartholl, the Speed Book (Gestalten 2012), Missing Links in Frieze D/E (2014) and Post-Screen in Kunstforum (2016). In 2011 her book Nettitudes - Let's Talk Net Art came out. Next to this Bosma is part of the advisory committee for E-Culture (soon to be renamed Digital Culture) for the Stimuleringsfonds voor Creatieve Industrie. She works as advisor and sometimes guest-curator for the GOGBOT festival in Enschede. In 2015 Josephine Bosma was part of the jury for the Prix Net Art, a co-production of Rhizome in New York and Chronus Art Center and Tsinghua Art and Science Media Laboratory in Bejing, and recently Bosma also joined Rhizome Net Art Anthology project as an advisor.


Speakers and performers

Constant Dullaart - Obfuscating the sublime, or encrypting beautifully?

Constant Dullaart‘s (Netherlands, 1979) practice reflects on the broad cultural and social effects of communication and image processing technologies, from performatively distributing artificial social capital on social media to completing a staff-pick Kickstarter campaign for a hardware start-up called Dulltech™. His work includes websites, performances, routers, installations, startups, armies, and manipulated found images, frequently juxtaposing or consolidating technically dichotomized presentation realms. Recent solo exhibitions include Synthesising the Preferred Inputs, Future Gallery, Berlin; The Possibility of an Army, Kunsthalle Schirn, Frankfurt; Jennifer in Paradise, Futura, Prague; The Censored Internet, Aksioma, Ljubljana (2015). Group exhibitions include Then They Form Us, MCA, Santa Barbara; When I Give, I Give Myself, Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam; Algorithmic Rubbish, Stedelijk Museum Bureau Amsterdam (2015). Dullaart has curated several exhibitions and lectured at universities and academies throughout Europe, most recently at the Werkplaats Typografie. Recently he has been awarded the Prix Net-Art. 

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Hendrik-Jan Grievink

Hendrik-Jan Grievink is designer and art director of Next Nature Network, a non-profit organization that explores how technology becomes our next nature, through design research and cross-media publications such as the In Vitro Meat Cookbook (BIS publishers 2014), a design fiction project that explores the possible future of lab grown meat. Hendrik-Jan teaches design research at ArtEZ Arnhem and has participated with his students in the Crypto Design Challenge. He will give a short talk about natural metaphors and the Deep Web.



Speakers and performers

Ingrid Burrington - Taking Apart A Time Machine

Ingrid Burrington writes, makes maps, and tells jokes about places, politics, and the weird feelings people have about both. She's the author of Networks of New York: An Illustrated Field Guide to Urban Internet Infrastructure. Her writing has also appeared in The Atlantic, Fusion, The Nation, and e-flux-journal. She lives on a small island off the coast of America.


Moniker - Ethereum

Moniker is an Amsterdam based interactive design studio by Luna Maurer & Roel Wouters. They founded Moniker in 2012 together with Jonathan Puckey. With Moniker, which means nickname or pseudonym, we work on commissioned design projects while also investing in projects of an autonomous and experimental nature.

The studio works across various media for a diverse range of clients ranging from those in the cultural field to commercial companies. With our projects, we explore the social effects of technology - how we use technology and how it influences our daily lives. Often, we ask the public to take part in the development of our projects. The resulting projects expand and grow like plants, displaying their inner organisational process.

Moniker specialises in interactive, print, video, physical installation and performance work.


Harry Halpin - 25 Years of Encryption Usability Failures: Is Key Invisibility the Key to Success?

Harry Halpin is the co-ordinator of the NEXTLEAP project ( project to build next generation secure and decentralized communication protocols as a researcher at INRIA (Prosecco/Paris). He received a Ph.D. in Informatics from University of Edinburgh and did his postdoctoral work under Bernard Stiegler. He worked for he World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) at MIT under Tim Berners-Lee, where he founded and led the Web Cryptography API to success, standardizing Javascript cryptographic primitives across all browsers, and started the Web Authentication Working Group to eliminate passwords, coming to users in early 2017.


Metahaven - After Transparency

Metahaven, founded by Vinca Kruk and Daniel van der Velden, is a collective operating on the cutting blade of aesthetics and politics. Their works spans art, design, writing and filmmaking. As activist designers, Kruk and van der Velden have worked with organisations such as WikiLeaks, Independent Diplomat, the Icelandic Modern Media Initiative, and more recently, Sea Shepherd Global. Recent solo exhibitions include 'Information Skies', Auto Italia, London (2016), ‘The Sprawl', YCBA, San Francisco (2015), ‘Black Transparency', Future Gallery, Berlin, (2014), and ‘Islands in the Cloud', MoMA PS1, New York (2013). Recent publications include ‘Black Transparency' (2015), ‘Can Jokes Bring Down Governments?' (2013), ‘VOID MYSTIQUE DNA' in collaboration with Deterritorial Support Group (DSG), and ‘Uncorporate Identity’, co-edited by Marina Vishmidt (2010). Videos by Metahaven include ‘Home' (2014), and ‘Interference' (2015), both with musician, composer and artist Holly Herndon, as part of their ongoing collaboration involving 4AD and RVNG Int. Metahaven's first full-length documentary, ‘The Sprawl (Propaganda about Propaganda)', premiered at the International Film Festival Rotterdam in 2016; its successor is a short fiction film titled ‘Information Skies’ (2016).


David Gauthier - Loading... 800% Slower

David Gauthier likes to mangle many things, chiefly concepts, objects, languages, and disciplines. He is fond of meaningful lists like: Québec, Montréal, Banff, Montréal, Cambridge, Copenhagen, Amsterdam. He also likes vacuous ones like: bleu, blanc, jaune-orange, gris, gris, gris. He doesn’t understand words like “worldwide”, but has conducted serious and non-serious research in puzzling places in Europe and North-America. David is currently a fellow at the Netherlands Institute of Cultural Analysis and a doctoral candidate at the Amsterdam School of Cultural Analysis (University of Amsterdam) where he is researching and practicing errors.


Stëfan Schäfer

Stëfan Schäfer is a designer and researcher based in Amsterdam. His research deals with the conversion of images from representative objects to participative subjects. This includes modes of image production and distribution as well as occurring consequences and shifts of meaning while traversing divers media. At this moment Schäfer is working on a long term project about digital death and the postmortem self, linking the physical end of life with a digital continuation, together with Dr. Emily West, for which he received the funding “talent development” by the Stimuleringsfonds creative industries in 2015/2016. Their printed publication “I am Become Digital Death, the Destroyer of Worlds” will be released at Oct 29 during the Dutch Design Week 2016. On the same date their digital publication “Digital Necropolis” will be launched as well.


Marc Tuters - Terms and Service Performance

Marc Tuters is lecturer in new media at the University of Amsterdam. He has two graduate degrees from Concordia (CDN) and University of Southern California (USA), and has worked as an artist and researcher in organizations including the Annenberg Centre, the Banff Centre, National University of Singapore, Waseda University. Additionally he has a background in the media arts, where he is credited with having developed the concept of "locative media".


Tijmen Schep - Design My Privacy

Tijmen Schep is a technology critic and privacy designer. He wrote the book "Design my Privacy" which will be available in English in oktober 2016. He co-founded SETUP, a Dutch non-profit that uses humor to explain data-issues to a wider audience. In the DIY NSA project scraped together a database of all Dutch people from public online sources, promoting it as a ‘National Birthdaycalendar’. They are currently creating ‘Dubious Devices’, a project in which they explore how the reputation economy and the internet of things could lead to new forms of repression and digital-born inequality


Cryptokids - How Do You Bring Encryption and the Web to the Classroom?


Douwe-Sjoerd Boschman studied game design and Robin van Westen is a theatre scientist. Both work in the Creative Learning Lab of Waag Society, where they work on innovative education projects. Whether it is about a toolkit for citizen science in the classroom (Smart Kids Lab) or a DIY Arduino microcontroller (Fabschoolino), they make technology tangible and use it to shape and build new creations.


Marjolijn Ruyg - Designing A Data Double

Marjolijn Ruyg, has a background as a graphic designer, and during the nineties developed as an interaction designer. Since the mid nineties she lectures on various art academies and applied universities. Recently she obtained an MSc at the University of Leiden with a study on Data Doubles using alternative methodologies.