The Fed Underbelly of Silicon Valley is an immersive installation that renders physical and corporeal the hidden social and political tensions within social media platforms.

The power of social media platforms is not only apparent through the fact that they possess the archive of our (digital) culture, but mostly because herein they decide on contents’ visibility. Starting from a democratic prospect, nowadays it is clear that certain voices are amplified, and through content moderation, others are silenced.

In this installation I make a comparison between the mechanisms behind social media platforms and the workings of the human body. I imagine the body as a carrier of memory and emotions, which seep through and which cling to the walls of our insides. Just like our organs filter what is poisonous and circulate what is vital – so do the platforms filter out the content they coin ‘inappropriate’ and circulate what should make the platform grow.
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