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“The Bots” installed at Fotomuseum Winterthur

Photos of new work The Bots currently installed at Fotomuseum Winterthur, for our ongoing show “Dear Imaginary Audience,”.

“The Bots (Italian market)” now streaming on DIS

Somewhere — maybe, let’s say, in Berlin — people sit behind screens in drab office buildings and get shown everything from pictures of topless Jesus to snuff videos and decide what stays, what goes, and what gets “escalated.” Day in and out, content moderators are forced to skim the worst social media has to offer […]

“The Bots (Arab market)” now streaming on DIS

 Jake Levy’s signature foundation-free look doesn’t hide the unpleasant truths of what’s going on behind social media corporations’ own conspiratorial and neocolonialist surfaces, but it can cover up the lifelong scars remaining from viewing violent content. The Bots recounts interviews we conducted with the workers social media keeps hidden. To tell their stories we’ve […]

“The Bots (Greek market)” now streaming on DIS

 We know everything we post to social media is screened and surveilled, reportable and deletable. There are “community guidelines,” “content restrictions.” Which community? Whose restrictions? It must be some algorithm, right? The bots are not bots, they are human beings in offices applying rules handed down from outside, perhaps from some other office in […]

The Bots (2020)

A series of video installations based on interviews with internet content moderators. The interviews were conducted in collaboration with journalist Adrian Chen during a year-long investigation.                     Actors Jake Levy, Ruby McCollister and Bobbi Salvör Menuez reenacted the interviews from home, filming themselves using their phones. […]

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