I’m currently performing on Mondays and Wednesdays in the gallery at Chalmers Hall on KU’s campus (where I’m pursuing my MFA) during the run of the show I co-curated with Megan Ganey. I am reworking “The Algorithm” by pulling instagram “posts” down from the gallery walls and reassembling them into a paper quilt to propose that we reconsider what the algorithm is doing: silencing, orchestrating, selling. I am actively working and sewing in the space in hopes to get to have irl conversations and moments to observe how people move and interact with the space.
The most interesting conversations have been the ones about how black and brown bodies as well as trans bodies are removed from Instagram due to IG’s Community Guidelines. One student shared with me that one of the folks he looks up to @itsarifitz, an influencer and YouTuber using HE/HER/DADDY pronouns, has abandoned the platform because of how Instagram has silenced her. Her last posts are from July of this year. On the post from July 22, 2019 he writes “Instagram is an awful place for black & brown queer creatives. Let me know when y’all find somewhere new for us to be. Over it.” For more about Ari, check out this article from Bitch Media.
So far my *new* paper algorithm is 4’x6’. With over a thousand more printed instagram posts to go, it will keep growing so we can keep scrolling.