15 Nov 2010 /

gate peepin'

By linda hilfling

Linda Hilfling is a Danish artist who makes problematic various claims of participation and free access professed in the burgeoning landscape of “social media”.  Attentive to the latent forms of organization implicit in such networks  (codes, organization and law), Hilfings’ investigations uncover gaps between the theory and practice of these structures.

Hilfling's latest project, entitled gate peepin', 2008-,  is a browser plug-in that renders visible the hidden regulations of various web platforms in forms she calls “shadows”. These addendums allow users to “peep” into the otherwise hidden layers governing the use of so-called democratic web-spaces.

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