Random Darknet Shopper is an automated online shopping bot, designed to shop in the ‘deep web’ once a week with a budget of $100 in Bitcoins. The bot randomly purchases an item and has it them delivered directly to the exhibition space where it is unpacked and displayed. By randomizing its consumerism, the bot is guaranteed a wide selection of goods from the thousands listed on deep web markets. However, it purchased an illegal drug in the in one exhibition in Switzerland in 2015, which sparked a public debate regarding whether a robot, or a piece of software, can be jailed if it commits a crime, or where legal culpability lies if code is criminal by design or default. Random Darknet Shopper-The Bot’s Collection shows the 25 items ordered by the Darknet Shopper between 2014 and 2016. !Mediengruppe Bitnik is a media artists’ group, consisting of Zurich- and London-based artists Carmen Weisskopf and Domagoj Smoljo, the London filmmaker and researcher Adnan Hadzi and the reporter Daniel Ryser.
Image rights: Installation view at Nam June Paik Art Center
About !Mediengruppe Bitnik
based in Berlin