Based in Athens
Homo Cybersphericus (2016) by Angelo Plessas consists of two parallel websites. QuantumProofOfKnowledge.com and OdeToTranscendentalDimension.com appear identical, but they are never accessible simultaneously.
The many truths of the web
Only one of the two websites is available at any given time, each visible from different locations at different times of the day. Each website consists of a “world”, a place of characters, symbols or information gathered from the internet using geocasting. Both websites share tweets and images, one related to peace, the other to conflict.
The work raises questions about the assumed freedom of the internet, reminding us that not everything we find on the web is what it appears to be.
Towards more open data access
In its inception, the internet promised to make the world a unified place. The idea of having access to a global network for sharing information whilst cheaply being connected with a collectivity created new communities and political thoughts. Within a few years, political players dominated the online field, blocking accessibility of information.
National governments have the power to decide what information is made available to citizens, blocking access to pages deemed ‘undesirable’.
Plessas regards the freedom of the internet as integral to the overall concept of liberty. Using cookies and skillful optimization, marketers and other parties with vested interests can directly influence the information we access from the web. Ultimately this is an ominous form of manipulation that can subtly influence our very perception of reality.
The work was commissioned by Kiasma for ARS17+.