Crowdsourcing National Security: Gamification Practices in the US-Mexico Border

7 June 2018, 17:00 - 19:00

Seminar room SG2, Alison Richard Building.

Artist Talk
Joana Moll (Artist)
 

In this talk, I will discuss my project The Virtual Watchers, which questions the crowdsourcing of national security through social networks and gamification strategies. The project involved secretly becoming a member of a Facebook group that gathered citizens who voluntarily monitored the US-Mexico border from the Internet, and used the social platform to communicate with each other. The project offers an interactive window allowing the spectator to dive into the conversations, jokes, and questionings of the group from its foundation in 2010 until its dissolution in 2013. By doing so, it highlights to what extent volunteer citizens were being silently militarized by means of gamification and free labour.


Joana Moll is an artist and a researcher from Barcelona. Her work critically explores the way post-capitalist narratives affect the alphabetization of machines, humans and ecosystems. Her main research topics include Internet materiality, surveillance, online tracking, critical interfaces and language. She has lectured, performed and exhibited her work in different museums, art centers, universities, festivals and publications around the world. She is the co-founder of the Critical Interface Politics Research Group at HANGAR (Barcelona), co-founder of The Institute for the Advancement of Popular Automatisms and member of the Scientific and Artistic Committee of the Antiatlas des Frontières. She is currently a visiting lecturer at Universität Potsdam and Escola Superior d'Art de Vic (Barcelona).

 

 

Open to all.  No registration required
Part of Digital Art Research Group  Seminar series

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