This the wrong place to die: the end of network culture

In American Reflexxx the artist Signe Pierce is violently pushed to the ground. The mob circles and laughs until one guy steps in, bends down while smoking his cigarette and says “this the wrong place to die”. Is he referring to the boardwalk at Myrtle Beach where the footage was shot or unknowingly foreshadowing hateful comments on YouTube where the video lives today? Either way network culture is dying. 

Those of us underrepresented and underserved are historically distrustful. So it's no surprise to learn that our friends and family — our online selves — are being mined by the very system that promised good will.

“The ugly truth is that we believe in connecting people so deeply that anything that allows us to connect more people more often is *de facto* good.” This leaked memo from Facebook goes on to say “maybe it costs a life by exposing someone to bullies. Maybe someone dies in a terrorist attack coordinated on our tools.” So death is not only intrinsic but also embedded into the very infrastructure of the network, managed by those in power.

The artists presented here are the powerless, users who question technological manifest destiny through online and IRL expressions of death. Or just death itself in that Nasime Sabz killed herself after shooting several people at YouTube headquarters. 

American Artist
Anthony Malone
Molly Soda
Jenyu Wang
Nasime Sabz
Porpentine Charity Heartscape
shawé michaelain holloway
Signe Pierce & Alli Coates

This exhibition is currently in the early research stage. The final artist roster, venue, and dates will be announced soon. Questions?