4-1-9, OR YOU CAN'T VIEW A MASQUERADE BY STANDING IN ONE PLACE is a
musical suite and conceptual artwork based on email scams. 4-1-9 is the
name for a fund transfer scam or con commonly believed to originate
from Nigeria. Each email tells the story of a modern African tragedy in
fewer than five hundred words. These letters are actually created
around the world. However, they often use names and locations that are
particular to Nigeria or other parts of Africa. What idea of Africa do
the composers of these letters hope to invoke?
Housed in an ATM machine at the New Museum of Contemporary Art, the
project explores the structure of tragedy, archetypal African
identities on the web, and the notion of scams. At the website, you can
listen to songs based on the letters, use our form to create your own
4-1-9 letter, and play the online game, BALANCE.
WHAT: Airborne, an exhibition about wireless communication
WHEN: APRIL 9