Darknet Random Shopper, 2014 by Mediengruppe Bitnik
The Random Darknet Shopper is an automated online shopping bot which we provide with a budget of $100 in Bitcoins per week. Once a week the bot goes on shopping spree in the deep web where it randomly choses and purchases one item and has it mailed to us. The items are shown in the exhibition «The Darknet. From Memes to Onionland» at Kunst Halle St. Gallen.
The Random Darknet Shopper is a live Mail Art piece, an exploration of the deep web via the goods traded there. It directly connects the Darknet with the art space (exhibition space).
The bot bought Ectasy pills (hidden in a DVD case to confuse custom’s x-ray inspection), Cigarettes, a fake Loius Vitton bag, a platinum credit card and a Fire-brigade’s master keys.
It is worth mentioning that Darius Kazemi created Random Shopper in 2012, a bot that would randomly buy things on Amazon with a budget of $50 a month. So Bitnik’s piece is likely to be knowingly inspired by it.