London. 2012. On the brink of the Olympic Games. A tube station in one of the most surveilled public spaces in the world. !Mediengruppe Bitnik intercepts the signal of a surveillance camera: Business people making their way to the Underground, a man in a suit looking for the right exit.
On 16 January 2013 !Mediengruppe Bitnik posted a parcel addressed to Wikileaks founder Julian Assange at the Ecuadorian embassy in London. The parcel contained a camera which documented its journey through the Royal Mail postal system through a hole in the parcel.
This detailed reconstruction of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange’s study at the Ecuadorian embassy in London is not re-created from detailed photographs or plans, but purely from the memory of !Mediengruppe Bitnik who visited with Julian Assange on various occasions.
An automated online shopping bot ran from within three exhibition spaces in three different countries between 2014 and 2016. With a budget of $100 in Bitcoins per week, the bot went shopping in the deep web, where it randomly chose and purchased one item per week and had it delivered directly to the exhibition space.
The idea that we have been surrounded by bots for such a long time, that we communicate with them on a daily basis and that we can hardly distinguish them from real people, is presented to viewers when they stand before large, luminous surfaces of the work series Solve this captcha.
This is part of a series of works researching Ashley Madison, a Canadian online dating service marketed worldwide to married people seeking casual sex. In July and August 2015, an anonymous group called The Impact Team stole and released all of Ashley Madison’s internal data – including the entire website code and functionality, customer data and the CEO’s emails.