Maddie Hepner

Another/s/kin (2022)

Within “Another/s/kin” Maddie Hepner and Rory Gillen undertook a residency within each other's internet/s. This residency involved the exchange of social media accounts and user data to explore how curated feeds influence online experience, and how those feeds react to a hijacking. In doing this, they undertook a subjective analysis of a subjective network. Having both worked previously with the internet’s compulsion to increasingly divide us algorithmically and ideologically, the artists aim to perform a radical act of transparency. They ask, ‘how does my feed inform what I know’? This action of empathy also explores the nature of data collection and the voyeuristic exercise of witnessing. How does having someone directly looking at your data feel different to a corporation removing analysing it all, does it make the collection more invasive? Does it make it more real? This show at Tributary Projects shared the results of their observations and collaboration.

All Hustlers go to Hell, 2022, Single channel video,1920x1080, 0:04:33 

An investigation of Andrew Tate and his reoccurring cigar

Divulge and devour, 2022, Single channel video, 1920x1080, 0:10:05

The interesting juxtaposition between troubling Reddit Reading audio and soothing cake icing visuals

Satisfying scrapes (dirty carpet), 2022, Single channel video, 1920x1080, 0:03:04

Sit back and watch the scrapes

Filmed 6 Nov, 2022 at Tributary Projects, Gorman Arts Centre. 

In conjunction with Maddie Hepner and Rory Gillen’s exhibition Another/s/Kin, join the artists for a discussion about their work and months-long collaboration in their exchanging and analysis of each others social media feeds, moderated by Head of Photography and Media Arts at the ANU School of Art and Design Katrina Sluis. Hear both of them talk about their personal experiences of taking a peak in the others vulnerable parts of the Internet and how their collaboration evolved with the evolution of each others feeds.

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