Unfriend Me Now!

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Unfriend Me Now!  (3 Channel Facebook Hellscape Render) at Spring Break Art Fair (2019) in Los Angeles

Unfriend Me Now! (3 Channel Facebook Hellscape Render) at Spring Break Art Fair (2019) in Los Angeles

Using the trickster figure of the clown and the white box of the Facebook timeline, Durbin's short film Unfriend Me Now! (2018-2019) explores rhetorical wars on Facebook over the 2016 USA election of Donald Trump. Unfriend Me Now! looks at the role of the Facebook algorithm in increasing political polarization, and the co-option of rage by corporate interests.

Unfriend Me Now! was created while Durbin was a Digital Studies fellow with Camden-Rutgers University in 2017-2018; it was first presented at OMO art space in Berlin in collaboration with peer to space gallery, and curator Tina Sauerländer; it has also been presented at Projektraum Galerie M in Berlin, for the group exhibition POLE, curated by Elena Kaludova. A 3-channel version of Unfriend Me Now! was screened with Transfer Gallery’s DOWNLOAD for Spring Break Art Fair and at Femmebit Art Festival in Los Angeles.

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