States of Control

About the Organization

Inspired by the 2016 Cambridge Analytica scandal and the associated technologies of weaponizing masses of data to manipulate public opinion, artists Emily Gastineau, Billy Mullaney, and Rachel Jendrzejewski will use performance to to investigate data as a tool for manipulation of democracy. Particularly interested in the ways aesthetic and performative forms combine with psychology, technology and law to create push-polling, gerrymandering, and social media manipulations, the team will investigate questions that challenge representation and the political, ethical, and performative aesthetics of participation.