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Deep Web Workshop

October 6, 2016 - October 7, 2016


The Deep Web evokes images of an underworld that cannot bear the light of day. Yet this hidden realm contains an estimated 96% of all the content to be found circulating online. The first international Crypto Design Challenge is a shout out to artists, designers, researchers and visionaries to dive in and create new images of the Deep Web.

As part of the Crypto Design Challenge, we organize a Deep Web workshop at the Makers Lab of the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences on October 6 and 7. We invite everyone who is interested to work on new visualizations of the Deep Web.


Physical Cartographies – New atlas of the Deep Web

Re-visualizing the Deep Web from a variety of perspectives 

The Deep Web’s iceberg has proven to be a powerful metaphor to visualize the distinction between the Surface Web, Deep Web and Dark Web. But does it tell the whole story, or can we shine a different light on these webs by creating alternative maps and itineraries?

In the Deep Web workshop we will work on tangible visualizations and alternative metaphors for the deep web and related concepts. We will examine relationships between technology, humans, power and money from a variety of perspectives that will result in an alternative atlas, or physical cartography of the deep web. Using paper engineering techniques we wil create a kaleidoscope of imagery to literally ‘unfold’ the deep web in the form of tangible infographics, spatialized subjective maps, pop-up power structures and other forms that may emerge. The workshop will be faciltated by Loes Bogers & Shirley Niemans.

Anthony van der Meer will kick-off the workshop with a special guided tour. We meet on the clearnet and gradually find our way into more hidden parts of the web. The tour will provide a practical ’itinerary’ but will also zoom in on the importance of having places to hide.

Over the past years a growing number of artists and activists have expressed concern about the ubiquitous implementation of algorithmic computing. An increasing amount of decisions is delegated to algorithmic routines within software programs, from quotidian Google search queries, to public transport use, listening to music via streaming services, to high-frequency trading, to algorithmic forensics and drone warfare, all the way to decisions on who gets a job, a loan or what kind of insurance is offered to you. In response artists, activists and designers have developed camouflage masks and stealth wear as a form of contesting this type of technology, while at the same time, these cryptographic strategies protect them from being ‘captured’ by these technologies. Patricia will present the work of artists and critics who have developed anti-facial recognition camouflage masks and stealth wear. What are the visual modalities of algorithmic anxiety, and how is algorithmic technology performed and contested herein?


About the speakers and facilitators

Loes Bogers 

Loes is interested in the role of makerly practices in design research and knowledge creation. She has worked as design and research coach at MediaLAB Amsterdam and was lab manager at the Digital Art Lab in Zoetermeer. After studying Media & Cultural Studies at the University of Amsterdam she completed an MA in Interactive Media at Goldsmiths, London in 2010. She currently works at Makers Lab, the makerspace of the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences.


Shirley Niemans

Shirley teaches Ubiquitous Computing at the Communication and Multimedia Design department of the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences and works at the Makers Lab that offers students space, tools and knowledge to experiment and make prototypes. She has worked as a media artist and producer for several years, and worked as researcher and producer at the Institute of Network Cultures where she was co-editor for the Society of the Query (a conference on search engine politics).

Anthony van der Meer

Anthony is a director, researcher and concept developer. In June 2015 he graduated from the Willem de Kooning Academy with his film Find my Phone. Anthony uses technology to tell stories in his work and has special interest in software and hardware development, hacking and privacy. He is currently working on developing a new documentary series and several other projects.

Find My Phone trailer (NL) https://vimeo.com/143858171

Patricia de Vries

Patricia de Vries is a researcher at the Institute of Network Cultures (Lectoraat Netwerkcultuur) and a PhD candidate at Erasmus University Rotterdam.

Practical information:

6 and 7 October from 9.00 to 17.00 in the HvA Makers Lab, Benno Premselahuis room 00B05, Rhijnspoorplein 1, 1019 GC Amsterdam.

There are limited spots available, so please sign up by sending an email to info@cryptodesign.org.

Participation fee: 15 euro including lunch, you can pay by card at the beginning of the workshop.




October 6, 2016
October 7, 2016


Makers Lab Benno Premselahuis, room 00B05
Rhijnspoorplein 1
1091 GC, Amsterdam
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