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Feb 10

In Conversation: Beyond GAFA: A Tour of the Deep Web

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The Internet structures most aspects of our lives today. Beyond just allowing us to access infinite amounts of information at lightening speed, it has also altered the way we interact with each other and our environment. While Google, Amazon, Facebook, & Apple (GAFA) remain the predominant gatekeepers of the how we access the Internet, a large portion of the web remains hidden to most of us. In this interactive tour Abhishek Narula, MFA student at the Stamps School of Art & Design, will lead us through exploration of the hidden parts of the Internet. In this discussion, in dialogue with a selection of artworks in the UMMA exhibition of Art in the Age of the Internet, 1989 to Today, Narula will help uncover the conceptual inner workings of the Internet at large. Culminating in a curated tour of the Deep Web, we will explore parts of the web that one cannot access through GAFA. Visitors are encouraged to bring their smart phones.

Art in the Age of the Internet, 1989 to Today is organized by the Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston and curated by Eva Respini, Barbara Lee Chief Curator, with Jeffrey De Blois, Assistant Curator.

Major support is provided by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

This project is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts.

​UMMA gratefully acknowledges the following donors for their generous support:

Lead Exhibition Sponsors:
Candy and Michael Barasch, University of Michigan Office of the Provost, Ross School of Business, Michigan Medicine, and the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs

Individual and Family Foundation Donors:
William Susman and Emily Glasser; The Applebaum Family Compass Fund: Pamela Applebaum and Gaal Karp, Lisa Applebaum; P.J. and Julie Solit; Vicky and Ned Hurley; Ann and Mel Schaffer; Mark and Cecilia Vonderheide; and Jay Ptashek and Karen Elizaga  

University of Michigan Funding Partners:
School of Information; College of Literature, Science, and the Arts; Michigan Engineering; Institute for Research on Women and Gender; Institute for the Humanities; Department of History of Art; Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning; Department of American Culture; School of Education; Department of Film, Television, and Media; Digital Studies Program; and Department of Communication Studies

Student programming at UMMA is generously supported by the University of Michigan Credit Union Arts Adventures Program, UMMA's Lead Sponsor for Student and Family Engagement.