By Unnur Andrea Einarsdóttir
Darknet Spa is a guided meditation through anonymous internet browsing on the Dark Web. The Dark Web is that part of the internet that operates outside the fringes of digital society, a lawless, virtual land where you are free to roam without government regulation or corporate intervention. The terms ‘surface web’, ‘deep web’, and ‘dark web are often used to illustrate the “geographics” of the internet and to explain the different levels of accessibility and encryption. Freud ́s model of the human mind categorises three levels of consciousness: the conscious, subconscious, and unconscious, relating to how easily we can access stored knowledge and memories. From the comfort of your own home, the participants are offered to leave their body and temporarily merge into the physical infrastructures of our global networks. Can we see a glimpse of ourselves when looking into the darker pits of our collective psyche? What responsibility do we place on our technologies and can they be a mirror that reflects back to us the broken parts of our society? In a hyper- digitalized society, is the physical body becoming more and more irrelevant?
Unnur Andrea Einarsdóttir
Unnur Andrea Einarsdóttir (IS/NO) is an Icelandic visual artist and musician. Her work explores our relationship with technology and the utopian and dystopian manifestations of our digital present. It investigates the divide between our virtual lives and physical bodies, and how global networks influence our identities, societies and collective perception of reality. Unnur Andrea works mainly with video, performance, and installation, often seeking to create an immersive and encompassing experience for the viewer. As a singer and music producer, the sonic elements remain an important and central factor in most of her work.