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Roya Ebtehaj | Q+A

Roya Ebtehaj is an Iranian multimedia artist and educator. In her piece Plastystopia (2019), Roya displays the influence of capitalism and western beauty standards on a universal scale, with a focus on Iran. In this interview, she shares her experiences with social media, her effort to focus on universal themes in…

Plastystopia | Roya Ebtehaj

In Plastystopia, artist Roya Ebtehaj uses multimedia displays to portray the influence of capitalism and Western beauty aesthetics on a universal scale, with a focus on her native Iran. The slang #palang is used by Instagram followers to tag users who dramatically alter their appearances; this hashtag helped Roya find…

Click, Drag, Nip, Tuck | Luke Malcynsky

In the digital collage series, Click, Drag, Nip, Tuck (2019), Luke Malcynsky sheds light on the powerful influence of social media, digital photo-editing tools and cosmetic surgery on societal beauty standards and the female body. In a style reminiscent of early 20th century Dada, the four-part, black-and-white series combines bold designs…

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….