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Abuse Standards Violations (2016)

These wall-mounted insulation panels are printed with corporate moderation guidelines that were leaked to us in the course of their investigations into internet content moderation.

 

 

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UV print on plexiglass, various insulation materials, spacers, screws
100 x 100 x 14 cm

 

 

The company that produced these guidelines is unknown, because they want to remain anonymous. Most of the time the moderators don’t even know who their employer is. One of them told us: “I’m pretty sure I work for Google.”

 

 

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UV print on plexiglass, various insulation materials, spacers, screws
100 x 100 x 13 cm

 

 

 

These moderation guidelines are like “filters”: they let something through while blocking something else. But at the same time they like invisible insulation, surrounding and protecting us, hidden in the architecture around us.

 

 

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UV print on plexiglass, various insulation materials, spacers, screws
150 x 100 x 8 cm

 

 

 

 

Eva and Franco Mattes, Abuse Standards Violations

Exhibition view, Biennale für aktuelle Fotografie, Mannheim.

 

 

Eva and Franco Mattes, Abuse Standards Violations

 

 

Eva and Franco Mattes, Abuse Standards Violations

 

 

 

Eva and Franco Mattes, Abuse Standards Violations

 

 

 

 

If we were to photograph the works, and upload them on social media, they would likely be removed by moderators following these very guidelines. The guidelines might turn against themselves? Would they self-censor?