Giorgio Di Noto
Edition Patrick Frey - 2017
Book design: Nicolas Polli
Copyediting: Christian Schweizer
Size: 16,5 x 24cm
Paper: Munken Pure, 150gr/m2
Poster: Conqueror Wove Oyster 120gr/m2
UV lamp attached
Print Run: 800 copies
Printed in: Hong Kong
The Internet can be likened to an iceberg: its tip represents the
Surface Web, i.e. the digital realm we all know and navigate by
means of search engines, social networks, blogs, news sites and so
forth. The submerged part, on the other hand, which makes up more
than 90% of the iceberg, corresponds to the vast hidden and not
indexed sphere known as the Deep Web.
Within this non-place, an encrypted network of total anonymity has
been developed and is still developing day after day. Eluding the
search engines, the so-called Dark Web is an apparently lawless no-
man’s land accessible only by means of special softwares.
Due to its anonymity, a complexly structured online market in
mostly illicit goods stands out from the myriad and manifold
manifestations of the Dark Web.
Many of the original photographs posted, often shot by the vendors
themselves using small cameras or smartphones, look surreal and
abstract owing to the colorful, exotic aesthetic of the merchandise,
on the one hand, and the poor quality of the photographs.
Anonymously uploaded and designed to disappear automatically
once they’ve served their purpose, these pictures are not traceable
or visible on the Surface Web; they lead a transient existence
exclusively on the Dark Web.
The Iceberg presents a selection of these photographs printed in
invisible ink. Otherwise invisible and inaccessible, they can only
be viewed under ultraviolet light – the same light real-life drug
enforcers use to look for traces of drugs.