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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.

 

 

Eva & Franco Mattes, The Bots

 

 

 

Eva & Franco Mattes, The Bots

 

 

 

Eva & Franco Mattes, The Bots

 

 

Actors Jake Levy, Ruby McCollister and Bobbi Salvör Menuez reenacted the interviews from home, filming themselves using their phones.

 

 

Eva & Franco Mattes, The Bots

 

 

Each video is installed on the back of a customized office desk of the same brand used at Facebook’s Berlin moderation center, where the interviewees worked.

 

 

Eva & Franco Mattes, The Bots

 

 

 

Eva & Franco Mattes, The Bots

 

 

To tell their stories we have borrowed the aesthetics of fake make up tutorials used on social media to bypass censorship.

 

 

 

Eva & Franco Mattes, The Bots

 

 

Serious discourse – addressing topics such as violence, sexual abuse, hate speech and terrorism – is constantly interrupted by makeup tips. Makeup is a way of concealing imperfections on our faces, in a way not so different from content moderation, which beautifies the surface of the internet by removing unwanted content.

 

 

Eva & Franco Mattes, The Bots

 

 

 

Watch the videos on DIS.