ARTWORK

!Mediengruppe Bitnik

Switzerland

!Mediengruppe Bitnik live and work in Zurich/London. They are contemporary artists working on and with the Internet. Their practice expands from the digital to affect physical spaces, often intentionally applying loss of control to challenge established structures and mechanisms. !Mediengruppe Bitnik's works formulate fundamental questions concerning contemporary issues. In early 2013 !Mediengruppe Bitnik sent a parcel to WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange at the Ecuadorian embassy. The parcel contained a camera which broadcast its journey through the postal system live on the internet. They describe "Delivery for Mr. Assange" as a SYSTEM_TEST and a Live Mail Art Piece. They have also been known for sending a bot called "Random Darknet Shopper" on a three-month shopping spree in the Darknets where it randomly bought objects like Ecstasy and had them sent directly to the gallery space. !Mediengruppe Bitnik are the artists Carmen Weisskopf and Domagoj Smoljo. Their accomplices are the London filmmaker and researcher Adnan Hadzi and the reporter Daniel Ryser. Their works have been shown internationally including: Shanghai Minsheng 21st Century Museum, City Art Gallery Ljubljana, Kunsthaus Zurich, NiMk Amsterdam, Space Gallery London, Cabaret Voltaire Zurich, Beton7 Athens, Museum Folkwang Essen, Contemporary Art Center Vilnius, Beijing "Get it louder" Contemporary Art Biennial, La Gaîté Lyrique Paris, Gallery EDEN 343 Sao Paulo and the Roaming Biennale Teheran. They have received awards including: Swiss Art Award, Migros New Media Jubilee Award, Honorary Mention Prix Ars Electronica.

Delivery for Mr Assange

2015Installation Art
"Delivery for Mr. Assange" is a 36-hour live mail art piece. In January 2013, !Mediengruppe Bitnik sent Wikileaks-founder Julian Assange a parcel containing a camera. Through a hole in the parcel, the camera documented and live-tweeted its journey through the postal system, letting anyone online follow the parcel's status in real-time. The parcel was intended as a SYSTEM_TEST, inserted into a highly tense diplomatic crisis. Would the parcel reach its intended destination? Or would it be removed from the postal system? Julian Assange has been living in the center of a diplomatic crisis at the Ecuadorian embassy in London since June 2012. Although he was granted political asylum by Ecuador in August 2012, he cannot leave the embassy premises. The embassy is surrounded by UK police forces and UK authorities threaten to arrest Julian Assange on sight.


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