On show at M+ Mediatheque, Subject to Shadowban, commissioned by dis.art, reflects critically on the history and culture of the Internet. Specifically, how does the internet relate to labour and identity formation, and how we can challenge our everyday habituation to its omnipresence?
Is Meta a company, or the general state of being online? What subliminal messaging is influencing me as I fall asleep to ASMR videos? How do algorithmically curated choices interact with our free will? Do I gain comfort watching mukbang videos and cleaning tutorials, or anxiety? How are teen hype houses on social media influencing elections? Could video games be used as social experiments for implementing new economic systems? Can we hack the digital classroom? What, if any, online experiences remain that don’t relate back to a consumptive practice?
Tech now defines us — not the other way around. It is not just a neutral instrument, a means to an end, but has become our way of understanding the world, evolving at a pace that is beyond our control. While the web was intended to enlighten us and make truth accessible to all, we find ourselves foraging and wandering in the shadows for it. Feeling our way in the dark, this is where we might be able to see more clearly.
Works on show include:
10,000 Words: Seasonal Associate byAda O’Higgins
After Scarcity by Bahar Noorizadeh
Classrooms by Shawn Maximo
Couture Critiques by Mandy Harris Williams
Degrees of Disgust by Will Benedict and Steffen Jørgensen
DOMESTIC/STANDARD by Nicholas Korody
Eulogy for a Black Mass by Aria Dean
General Intellects with McKenzie Wark: Sianne Ngai by DIS
Once Upon a Who? by Simon Fujiwara
September 5th, 2006 by Jacob Hurwitz-Goodman
The Bots by Eva and Franco Mattes
When Guys Turn 20 by Joshua Citarella and Jacob Hurwitz-Goodma