Artist Name:

Emma Dickson

Title of Work:

Mixed Connections

Year: 2018

About This Work

Mixed Connections is built from thousands of Missed Connections posts scraped from all of the places that I’ve lived (Pittsburgh, New York, Durham). There was astonishing commonality amongst these posts; it seems that the id of America is horny and racist. People use Missed Connections for many things: angry rants at exes, fetish meet-ups, sharing photos of genitalia, spells, and art projects. The recombinant narrative that emerges from this mass of data is familiar.

Users are meant to interact with this piece. The initial page scrolls infinitely, adding layers of glitching as the user continues. The further you explore, the more the boundaries between the user, site, and locations break down. Posts are constantly added; the work is always growing and changing to reflect the present moment. Once viewing an individual post, users can click on the page to further scramble the sentences and create their own unique temporal narratives.

Many of the original scraped posts are explicitly looking for queer hookups but by scrambling posts you get a continual mix of pronouns and physical descriptions that break down attempts to regulate and determine gender and desire.

Emma Dickson is fascinated by outdated technology and the process of translation and obsolescence in technical languages. They love working with Time Based Media, especially digital art, and executed the 2016-2017 restoration of BRANDON a 1998-1999 piece of netart by Shu Lea Cheang. Their projects are primarily net art and new media sculptures that explore identity, community, and longing through tech. Emma lives in Durham North Carolina where they skate with Bull City Roller Derby under the name, Georgia Oh Queef and are employed as a Data Scientist/Developer with IBM.

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