BELIEVE THE HYPE
AN EXHIBITION ABOUT PROPAGANDA, THE INTERNET + NEW ACTIVISMS
LINK TO CURATORIAL GUIDE
OPENING EXHIBITION: May 27, 6 - 10pm
Performances and Film Screenings: June 2, 6:30 - 9:30pm
"Tech Against Trump" Book Launch by Logic Magazine: June 9, 7:30pm
Poetics of Propaganda - Closing Ceremony with Poets Reading the News: June 16, 7:30pm - 10pm
EXHIBITION RUN: May 27 - June 17, 2017
"The Fake Media (not Real Media) has gotten even worse since the election. Every story is badly slanted. We have to hold them to the truth!" -Donald J. Trump @realDonaldTrump
We are living through a global misinformation crisis. The American president decries the dissemination of ‘fake news’ while replacing recorded and documented events with fabricated narratives. Meanwhile, the paradigm of objective journalism is rapidly dissolving into a fractured cybersphere. In this acidified sea of data, something so pure and fabled as truth retreat into the depths.
Believe the Hype seeks to engage this crisis directly with tentacular, multimedia methods of exploration, inquiry, and healing. What is the essence of propaganda in the internet age? How do we discern real news from fake news? What are the methods of producing information and by whom? How do we cross the echo chambers of our social media streams to make independent discoveries? Have we somehow abandoned cross-cultural dialogue, and if so to what end?
Curated by Elle Aviv Newton with art direction from Tiare Ribeaux, this expansive group exhibition features Addie Wagenknecht + Maral Pourkazemi (Deep Lab), Angie Wang + Mark Fox (Design is Play), Metahaven, Caroline Sinders, Alex Cruse + Kevin Lo (Drought Spa), Ben Lerchin, Justin Blinder, Lucia Goodbag, the Black Child, Mimi Onuaha, Zara Rahman, and more. This incredible gathering of digital, visual and performance artists utilize social media, digital art, new media, video, voices in conversation and ideas in movement to investigate and redefine the hunt for truth in the Trump era.
This dynamic and hyper-relevant exhibition will present works that carry contemporary energy and courts danger and consequence, not hypothesis. This exhibition should feel unsettling and non-hypothetical, exploring the consequences and implications of our cultural choices.
From the Curator:
"Social media platforms afford humans the novel ability to radically homogenize the political content of our feeds and friendships. Blocking detractors is a customary reaction to encountering disagreement. And at the center of these systems of interaction are issues of unqualified urgency to our society and planet. And yet, if neutral information has disappeared, where can we point to as neutral ground for the sort of discussions that are necessary to proceed?
Our methods of digital communication have been rapidly developed to create efficiency, brevity and global accessibility — but those same qualities may be separating us from critical approaches to information technology. If we do not purposefully carve out spaces for thoughtful inquiry regarding our cultural tools, our minds run the risk of becoming mere supplements to digital experience and ideological conflict."
Programming throughout the Exhibition Run:
June 2nd - Performances and readings with Drought Spa, Joe Veix and Caroline Sinders; and film screenings with Metahaven, Genesis Martinez-Crespo, Devon Makoto Lei and LAK.
June 9th - Book Launch for "Tech Against Trump" by Logic Magazine - featuring a panel discussion on how tech workers can organize collectively to resist the new administration featuring Matt Schaefer and Kristen Sheets of Tech Workers Coalition, Maria Noel Fernandez of Silicon Valley Rising and representatives from SEIU United Service Workers West.
June 16th - Poetics of Propaganda - Closing Ceremony with Poets Reading the News featuring an interdisciplinary panel of poets, linguists and journalists who will share their understandings of the ways that the current administration is using language as propaganda, and a dance performance by Amelia Uzategui Bonilla exploring the idea of transparent expression.
Addie Wagenknecht is an American artist and researcher living in New York City and Austria. Her work deals primarily with pop culture, feminist theory, new media and open source software and hardware.
alex cruse is a writer, artist, and educator, whose work synthesizes the disciplines of poetry, video, installation, and new media. She is interested in systems of governmentality/surveillance as social modalities; technology’s capacity to both build and dismantle informational and linguistic structures, and the politics of representation produced therein.
Ben Lerchin is an artist / technologist working with experimental photographies, maps and language. Concerned with the power imbalances encoded by digital platforms, Ben develops interventions that position humans as empowered actors within the totality of global hyperspace. The resulting works assimilate a multitude of perspectives to produce aggregate renderings, both optically through the use of capture devices and linguistically through the programmatic collection of textual data.
Caroline Sinders is a machine learning designer/user researcher, artist. For the past few years, she has been focusing on the intersections of natural language processing, artificial intelligence, abuse, online harassment and politics in digital, conversational spaces.Caroline is a designer and researcher at Wikimedia, and a BuzzFeed/Eyebeam Open Lab Fellow. She holds a masters from New York University's Interactive Telecommunications Program from New York University.
Deep Lab is a collaborative group of cyberfeminist researchers, artists, writers, engineers, and cultural producers. Their interests are diverse, and they do not agree on everything. Some of their research includes privacy, surveillance, code, art, social hacking, race, capitalism, anonymity, the infrastructures of the 21st century and useful skills in tangible situations.
Justin Blinder is a Brooklyn-based artist, programmer, and researcher. His work examines how big data has shaped our claims of ownership, criteria for an object’s value, and social interactions in the built environment. Justin’s projects have been included in exhibitions at the New York MoMA, Haus der Kulturen der Welt in Berlin, the Collection Museum in Lincoln, England, and Eyebeam in New York.
Kevin CK Lo is a composer, choreographer, writer and artist living between Oakland and Melbourne, Australia. In his compositions for live performance and installation, he utilizes instruments, digital sound processing and generative programming environments to examine spatial and auditory sensitivities, topological structure and audience kinesthetic response while seeking to corrupt conventional compositional/performative/installative rationale.
Lucia Goodbag is an artist based in Oakland, CA working primarily in fiber arts. Having worked as a professional seamstress, leatherworker, and jeweler after studying painting and printmaking in school, she combines all practices in her current work. Her work is primarily conceptual and addresses content that is contrarian to the medium of fibers. She spends her free time learning about surveillance and rewatching Buffy the Vampire Slayer.
Maral Pourkazemi is a German/Iranian design activist living and working from London. Her work focuses mostly on issues around online privacy and security.
Mimi Onuoha is an artist and researcher who uses code and writing to explore the process, results, and implications of data collection. Currently, she is a Research Resident at Eyebeam, a center for art and technology based in Brooklyn.
Zara Rahman is a researcher, writer, and linguist who is interested in the intersection of power, culture and technology. She is currently a fellow at the Data & Society Research Institute and Research Lead at the Engine Room, where she leads the Responsible Data Forum.
ABOUT THE CURATOR
Elle Aviv Newton is an art historian, writer, editor, activist and curator. She has degrees in contemporary art criticism and history from Mills College, where she studied with Dr. Moira Roth. Her curatorial experience includes roles at the Pacific Design Center of Los Angeles and Oakland Art Murmur. Newton is a creator and editor of the literary news journal Poets Reading The News and is writer-in-residence at B4BEL4B Gallery. She is a fourth-generation native of Oakland, California but has lived abroad extensively, including in Thailand, Italy, Israel and Malaysia.