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Internet Directory

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Internet Directory

Internet Directory is a single, loose-leaf book of 37,000+ pages, listing every .COM domain alphabetically. Each is shown phonebook-style, with its IPv4 address. This includes active websites, abandoned personal projects, aspiring Internet businesses that never materialized, and combinations of words that domain squatters saw commercial value in, however fleeting. Collectively, they explore the language of the Web and the exhaustive quality of Internet naming. It contains 115 million .COM domains – all which existed when the project began in early 2014.

Internet Directory is currently in exhibition at Zentrum für Kunst und Medien Karlsruhe (ZKM) in Karlsruhe. Live readings of the project have taken place at Pioneer Works, the Radical Networks conference in Brooklyn, the Museu do Chiado in Lisbon, among others. A day-long reading at a domain name conference in Las Vegas was covered by Ingrid Burrington for the Atlantic, who called the work "a wonderful meditation on the domain-name form" and the readings "hypnotic."

It is published by AND Publishing.

Below is a Internet Directory reading excerpt at Radical Networks.


Internet Directory page preview

(2014)

Pages 19,854 - 19,858

The original Serious volume

(2011)

Every domain in .COM, .ORG, and .NET beginning with the word Serious.

InternetDirectory.info

(2014, now archived)

All the .COM domains in a scroll online; takes two years to watch. A Webby Awards commission. Online 2014 - 2017