I contributed to, and assisted YoHa in the production of the Evil Media Distribution Centre, which was displayed at the 2013 Transmediale festival in Berlin. The installation is an artistic response to the recently published book Evil Media (2012) by Matthew Fuller and Andrew Goffey, which focusses on the pervasive presence of so-called “gray media” - an expanded notion of media or forms of mediation that provides a deeper, more complex understanding of their effects on how we act, perceive and think in our daily lives.
Sixty six contributors were invited to choose and write a short text about a gray media object (ranging from tampons to software compilers), and these texts and objects were then presented in the setting of a curiosity cabinet designed as a distribution center. Members of the Open Systems Association (of which I am a part) contributed several of the texts. My two contributions “Roomba” and “Shift Register - 7400 Series” can be seen below, along with a list of all contributors.
Ansell HYFLEX Work Glove: Renee Carmichael ASCII Character Set: Shih-Chieh Ilya Li Automata Natalie: Jeremijenko Bernays, Propaganda (book): HeHe Bimetallic Strip: Thomas Aston Birth Record: Graham Harwood Black Box: Hu Jie Ming Jieminghu Clipboard: Matsuko Yokokoji Compiler, Interpreter : Gareth Foote Copper Wire: Graham Harwood Death Certificate: Val Upton Diagram of State Machines: Andy Goffey Dictionary of Typewriting: Emilie Giles Dolland Telescope: Graham Harwood Electricity Substation: Anila Ladwa Empson, Seven Types of Ambiguity: Andy Goffey Etienne-Jules Marey Sphygmograph: Jennifer Gabrys Excel : Shih-Chieh Ilya Li Finger Print: Raqs Media Collective Form Fields: Walter Langelaar Form Validation Rules: Felix Drăgan Genomic Binary Assignment Map: Sam Hart Gurley Flynn, Sabotage: Matthew Fuller Gutta Percha: Joon Ian Wong Hardware Dongle: Shih-Chieh Ilya Li Hilbert’s Space Filling Curves: M. beatrice Fazi Hollerith US census: Anna Blumenkranz Hooke’s Telegraph Machine: Clifford Hammett ISO Shipping Container Corner: Matthew fuller Koseki - Japanese Registration System : Yoshitaka Mouri Leo Algorithms : Alexandra Sofie Joensson Lions’ Unix Kernel : Manual Derek Shaw (SoSlug) Logical Framework : Jean Demars Matrix Manipulation : Dan Mcquillan Microwave : Jonathan Kemp Modafinil: Tony David Sampson Network Diagram: CAMP Oracle Database: Adrian Mackenzie Organisation Chart: Olga Goriunova Palletts: Matthew Fuller Paper Shredder: Noortje Mares Pedestrian Barrier: Simon Pope Photocopier: Jacob Lillemose Pin Number: Matthew Fuller Post Codes: Jean Demars Post -It Notes: CAE (Critical Art Ensemble) Project Mac: Graham Harwood Project Management / Workflow: Heather Corcoran Prozac: CAE (Critical Art Ensemble) Ptrace: Martin Howse Radio Wave: Armin Medosch Random Numbers: Luciana Parisi Regular Expressions: Stephen Fortune Resonant Circuit: Olga Panandes Roomba: Tom Keene Shift Register: - 7400 Series Tom Keene Significance Tests: Martin Feuz Social Media Analytics Tools: Lisa Baldini Stanley Milgram, Postal Experiments: Yuk Hui Strowger Automatic Telephone Switch: Graham Harwood Tampon: Alexandra Sofie Joensson & Miriam Wistreich Virus: !Mediengruppe Bitnik White Shadow: Eyal Weizman X-Ray: Susan Schuppli Zero Hour Contract: Lawrence Liang