A group exhibition in the 2019 Design Canberra festival, including Bad Keys, a code art work by Tim Brook and Caren Florance
12.30 pm Saturday 9 November 2019
12 pm–5 pm Wednesday–Sunday
Subvert and convert the online hurt
Bad Keys builds on Florance’s research into online misogyny and trolling. This work uses systems of communication to explore ways to subvert and convert the hurt that we often carry around with us after encountering insults and verbal attacks online.
Abstraction is the main strategy: words morph into webs of lines that simultaneously disconnect and connect. This is unloading, not downloading.
Bad Keys is a code art work by Tim Brook and Caren Florance. It is presented in two parts: a digital video loop and an interactive installation.
Each sequence in the digital video traces the path on a qwerty keyboard made by the fingers of an incel as he types a hateful comment about a woman. The list of insults was compiled by Caren Florance from live posts she found on the Web.
The interactive component allows viewers uncensored access to a keyboard that produces no text; instead, each keystroke adds to a slowly-fading path on the screen.