ONE MILLION AMERICANS SORTED BY POLITICAL AFFILIATION
A DATABASE THAT OPENS UP NEW OPPORTUNITIES FOR PERSECUTION TO EVERYONE
YOU MAY BE INCLUDED IN THIS DATABASE IF YOU OR A FRIEND TWEETED ABOUT THE 2012 U.S. PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION
social sculptural performance
Persecuting.US is a deliberate and explicit exploitation of individuals as material for an artistic social experiment.
It’s a Social Sculptural Performance of people potentially involved in producing new anti-social networks through active and passive participation in an artificial environment designed for a sensational spectacle. The stage of the performance is delineated inside the website of the Social Sculpture with individuals becoming participants of a show for spectators watching from outside in the theatre of popular media.
This sociological exhibition through a coercive approach to forms of participation simultaneously involves hundreds of thousands of people in an artistic performance without their authorization . It is the latter transgressive artistic practice that new media provides to the artist. The notion of spectatorship in art and performance is pushed through new frontiers with the potential of artworks made of people using social media.
These sculptures of people have transformative capacity for the viewers through cathartic performances generated by the social interactions inside the artful arrangement of people. These sculptures remind us of the possibilities in constructing new social realities by reconfiguring the arrangement of information flow. Designing new social algorithms is a form of sculptural activity, shaping new social networks that interact and participate in lively performances.
These sculptural performances of informational power aim to unsettle contemporary social conventions to raise awareness about problematic situations by engaging randomly-selected crowds in a work of art, reaching people who usually are excluded by art discourses and breaking the boredom and passivity of media consumption.
The hell created by this Social Sculptural Performance is a reenactment of today’s social reality: participatory surveillance, isolated and manipulated public debate, manufactured voters through manipulation of people as micro-targets, public disclosure of their affinities and commercial exploitation of personal information by private companies.
The artist can play with this general power of sorting and arranging huge amounts of personal data and in doing so artistically reprogram social forms. The social realities generated by web platforms that collect personal information from people are a set of utilitarian structures ready for artistic creation. Today artists can model massive amounts of ready-made informational material and recontextualize it in new speculative scenarios that comment on the social condition of the society.
 The data on the website is not indexed by search engines, keeping private (which was publically available) information protected inside an artistic context, in a way only simulating public exposure.