Social Media

A Response To True Match | Kate Wiley

In the first thirty seconds of Andrea Mikysková’s True Match (2017), the viewer is rapidly confronted with imagery of our highly developed, global world. Abrupt alarms and whistling horns signal the beginning of a work day and positions social media—the stated subject of the piece—firmly within the realm of business….

Pollinating Proxies | Colin Rosati

Pollinating Proxies uses footage from 20th century 16mm film to modern-day computer vision to portray how technology affects our interpretation of truth. Colin Rosati uses the buzz of technology, the chirps of hummingbirds, text, and film footage to scrutinize the connection between consumption and desire. Although Rosati’s metaphor between hummingbirds…

True Match | Andrea Mikysková

True Match (2017) is a short video piece that questions and comments on how social media functions within capitalism. Andrea Mikysková uses stock footage of the biggest cosmetics and fashion warehouses to juxtapose material products with the intangible products “sold” on social media. The piece ends in a shocking culmination,…

From The Ground Up: A Response to Astroturfing | Kevin Johnson

“How do you make decisions in an increasingly complex world?” “Real or Fake?” “What has been done?” These questions, posted on the endless void of social media, are out of context but packed with meaning. These questions are not human questions. These were asked in a calculated effort to support…

Astroturfing | Char Stiles

Char Stiles’ Astroturfing explores the political power of social media. By populating a digitally constructed field with the social media posts of the Chinese 50 Cent Army (五毛党), the largest exporter of online astroturfing, Stiles questions the unmooring and impact of digital messages. Astroturfing is the practice of masking the sponsors…

Public Dissentiment | Derek Curry

Public Dissentiment is an online tool that helps protestors negatively impact the price of a publicly traded stock by using the same sentiment analysis tools used by stock trading algorithms. In the contemporary stock markets, high-frequency trading bots that continuously buy and sell stocks perform the role of market makers….

Derek Curry | Q + A

Derek Curry’s artistic practice and academic research investigates how automated decision-making technology used in algorithmic stock trading and Open Source Intelligence gathering have augmented the nature of human agency and provided new spaces for intervention. Curry received his MFA in New Genres from UCLA in 2010 and is currently a…

Bloody or Redundant

There is a common question amongst people in my age bracket, a telling anthropological detail for anyone keeping score in the future. It goes something like this: “Should I even go to my high school reunion? After all, I can already see what everybody is doing on Facebook.” Which is…

Backseat Moderating

It isn’t really my intention to get political in my Digital America column, because that kind of topic tends to almost immediately divide readers and force them to challenge their own personal beliefs by comparing them to those held by the men and women campaigning to represent them as elected…