The Darknet Spa

by Unnur Andrea Einartsdottir (Trondheim Academy of Fine Arts)

The Darknet Spa is an immersive sound installation that focuses on the topic of anonymous internet browsing through what is called the Darknet or Dark Web. That part of the internet operates as a lawless, virtual land where you are free to roam without government regulation or corporate intervention. Freud’s model of the human mind categorises three levels of consciousness: the conscious, subconscious and unconscious – analog to the terms ‘surface web’, ‘deep web’ and ‘dark web’ which are often used to explain the different levels of accessibility and encryption of the internet.

The Darknet Spa offers the audience to delve into the darker, unconscious sides of our collective digital psyche. It investigates how our technologies ultimately function as a mirror that reflects the broken parts of our society, while underlining the gap between our physical and digital experiences, incorporating the viewer’s body into the Darknet as a materialized physical space.

Tags: Interactive installation, sound installation