annabel CASTROmeagher | | digital arts & experimental media
| | Outside in: exile at home


.. .. .. .. .. Outside in: exile ar home is an installation that utilizes machine learning to reflect on systematic discrimination by focusing on the indefinite detention of Mexicans with Japanese heritage concentrated in Morelos during WWII. The algorithmic discrimination system tears apart four classic fiction films continuously within a projection room. The fragments are displaced and classified using machine learning algorithms. The system selects, separates, reassembles and displaces the fragments into new orders. The new orders, edited in realtime, are displayed in two perpendicular projections (one for the moving images, another for subtitles) and on a third wall the edited sound components are output through a row of head phones. It evokes the condition of being robbed of your right to be in the place to which you belong. The citizens detained during WWII were removed from their residence, their belongings were confiscated and they were placed in seclusion solely for having Japanese ancestry. Similarly, at present, data retrieving companies configure low resolution representations of ourselves from the snatched digital debris of our daily life. These pieces are reconfigured into archetypes and meaning is attached to them for massive decision making. We don’t have the right or means to know what these representations look like or what meaning has been attached to such shapes. It is a privilege reserved to the designers of algorithmic processes: they own this right and we the citizens own the consequences.
  Installation view at Jardín Borda culture center, Cuernavaca-Morelos in Mexico

SIGGRAPH Asia, 2020
Border Control, Stamps Gallery, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor-MI, USA, 2019
Jardín Borda culture center, Cuernavaca-Morelos, Mexico, 2018

Castro, A. 2020. Outside in: exile at home. An algorithmic discrimination system.
In: Andrés Burbano; Ruth West (coord.) AI, Arts & Design: Questioning Learning Machines. Artnodes, Nº.26

Crane, N. et al. 2020. Questioning the exceptionality of the exception: Annabel Castro's 'Outside in: exile at home' (2018) in Cuernavaca. Cultural Geographies

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