The Invisible Hand considers how digital platform technologies are exploiting convenience to co-opt personal data in an uncertain zero-sum game. With work from Australia, New Zealand, Korea and Japan, this exhibition explores current and projected complications and contradictions in the digital realm that increasingly oscillate between technological evangelism and scepticism.
From search results to self-publishing platforms, global corporate powers are logging every digital click, like, share and scroll made on these supposedly free services—selling on this consumer information to third parties and advertisers. While this business model has produced mass convenience, connectivity and information sharing, a closer examination reveals a vast information inequity between users and these providers. Nowhere are these invisible computing forces more present than in the hyper-connected east Asia region, where household internet penetration and use is at its global highest. In this region, platform technology companies have the power to alter the course of history, in the same way, recent technologically led scandals like Cambridge Analytica have manipulated contemporary politics in America, Thailand and India, and the coordinated cyber-attacks of public health records loom over Singapore.
Against this dystopic information landscape, The Invisible Hand examines our ever evolving digital realm with careful focus on the east Asia region, a place at the bleeding edge of this technological frontier.
Thursdays, 11am to 8pm
Weekends, 11am to 4pm
Friday 28 June to Sunday 4 August 2019