Minds of concern, a project originally conceived as an exhibition for the New Museum, New York, 2002, consists of an installation and a Net-based work. Using the Web interface of the Public Domain Scanner, visitors to the exhibition can select from certain groups on the project Website, such as movements or NGOs like Oxfam, the Freedom from Debt Coalition and COSATU, or media activists and artists who express critical views of global activities of the Internet community. Using the Public Domain Scanner’s virtual slot machine, visitors can «win» an NGO or an artist, as a mind of concern, and then can initiate network scans that analyze the security systems of the target server. These scans detect risk factors that make the server vulnerable to hackers or that can be used to determine whether the site is secure. The results of the scans are displayed in the exhibition using a light matrix that extends through the space, providing a visual indication of a server’s strength or weakness.
(Text: knowbotic research)
Knowbotic research (Christian Huebler, Alexander Tuchacek, Yvonne Wilhelm) was founded in 1991. Since 2009/2010, members of the group work independently as knwobotiq (Huebler/Wilhelm) and as Alexander Tuchacek.