1. Julia Kim Smith utilizes Google’s search engine’s autocomplete feature to find out what people wonder about her, an Asian woman, and discovers unsettling abstractions, truths, fallacies, desires, and fears about all of us.

    “This knowledge engine was at play when the artist Julia Kim Smith took to Google in 2013 [2012] in order to produce the 1 min. video loop titled Why?. Before Kim Smith finished typing her question “why do asian women...?” the knowledge engine kicked-in, anticipating her possible thoughts: “like black men”, “age well”, “wear masks” and so on. These results are all the more disturbing because there is no human intervention in the algorithm at Google that generates these results, as there is when they censor pornographic and violent words. According to algorithms, a common denominator of people (a type of shared consciousness) are privately asking Google these questions about Asian women more than they are asking anything else. Google reads the action of both individuals and collective social and geographic groups in order to anticipate user’s intentions when they type. When such algorithms are applied to a group of people, especially a minority, the presumed objectivity inherent in the search sanctifies the anticipated result as simply true. We’re left with the question: does the action of the masses constitute truth?”
    Lisa Moren, Curator, Washington Project for the Arts, “Experimental Media: Cyber In Securities”

    Gold + Beton, “Exquisit Corpse,” Cologne, Germany, 2016
    Fuse Art Space, “Exquisite Corpse,” Bradford, UK, 2015
    Curator: Sarah Faraday
    Exhibiting Artists: Anastasia Vepreva, Evelin Stermitz, Faith Holland, Julia Kim Smith, Kate Durbin, Lacie Garnes, Poppy Jackson, Rupi Kaur, Sarah Faraday, Sheena Patel, Sue Williams

    Institute for Women and Art, Rutgers University, “MTV: Momentum Technology Video” and “Momentum: Women/Art/Technology,” New Brunswick, NJ, 2014-2015

    Official Selection Center For Asian American Media CAAMFest, San Francisco, Berkeley, Oakland, CA, 2014

    DUMBO Arts Festival, Brooklyn, NY, 2013

    Washington Project for the Arts, “Experimental Media: Cyber In Securities,” Washington, DC, 2013
    Curator: Lisa Moren, Professor of Visual Art, University of Maryland, Baltimore County
    Exhibiting Artists: Birgit Bachler, Walter Langelaar, Owen Mundy, and Tim Schwartz; Channel TWo (CH2): Adam Trowbridge and Jessica Westbrook, with Jesus Duran; Heather Dewey-Hagborg; Hasan Elahi; The Force of Freedom with Dave Young; Taylor Hokanson; Ricarda McDonald and Donna Szoke; Lexie Mountain; Preemptive Media: Beatriz de Costa, Jamie Schulte and Brooke Singer; David Rokeby; Julia Kim Smith; WhiteFeather

    Baltimore Artscape, “Slippage,” Center for the Arts Gallery, Towson University, Towson, MD, 2013
    Curator: Daniel Belasco, Curator, Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art, State University of New York

    The White Building, “Public Assembly: An Alternative Summer Show,” London, UK, 2013
    Organized by Free Cooper Union (UK) and Lawrence Lek. Supported by SPACE Studios

    MoMA PopRally: Abstract Currents, MoMA, New York, NY, 2013

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