For the official Berlin launch of NXS#4 Algorithmic Anxiety at Trust, NXS world invited Tamar Shafrir and Simon Denny for a talk amidst art installations showcasing works by Crosslucid and NXS’ own Sleep—Destroy Internet collection.
On May 11th 2019, NXS presented its new issue NXS#4 Algorithmic Anxiety to its Berlin audience at project space Trust. Tamar Shafrir, who had been involved in the creation of this issue as copy-editor, gave a lecture in which she reflected on the topic of Algorithmic Anxiety from her own position as design researcher while building upon the different contributions in the publication.
Artist Simon Denny, who contributed to this issue with a visual, talked about his exhibition focusing on exit fantasies of the tech elite in Christchurch, New Zealand and how the then recent Christchurch mosque shootings on March 15th shed a new light on its actual form.
Artist duo Crosslucid created a collage of generated images through an interface that tracks emotions through facial expressions for NXS#4 Algorithmic Anxiety. Especially for the launch event, they made this into EMOTICALL—a speculative sketch of a video call with integrated emotion detection and an array of paid real-time emotion masking filters available for subscription. The morphing moment between one’s actual emotional response and the projected present creates a temporal window for a brand new—meshed—emotion to form.
The Sleep—Destroy Internet t-shirt collection is an artistic intervention by NXS that responds to the contributions in the publication, as was presented in a spatial installation. As a carrier of a message of empowerment, Sleep—Destroy Internet is a tool for conquering anxiety and regaining control over our digitally mediated lives through calling for sleep as an acting force to re-own time.