The Download is a series of Rhizome commissions that considers posted files, the act of downloading, and the user’s desktop as the space of exhibition.
Elisa Giardina Papa's Technologies of Care presents portraits of online workers on the front page of rhizome.org in a 26MB ZIP file that explores gender, empathy, digital labor, and new dynamics of care and service on the network. Each portrait in the ZIP is its own folder, activated by an HTML file marked “play_it.”
Seven of these browser-based conversations are included in The Download, but Giardina Papa has produced a total of twenty-five. These will be premiered in in “Cyphoria,” a section of the 16th Art Quadrennial in Rome curated by Domenico Quaranta.
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