FRAUD

Art-research duo (Audrey Samson + Francisco Gallardo). Their backgrounds include computational culture, critical technical practices, post-colonial and critical feminism, performance, design and space system engineering. They develop forms of art-led inquiry into the multiples scales of power, governability that flow through physical and cultural landscapes. Their practice is currently focused on exploring forms of slow violence and death embedded in, for instance, the entanglement between archiving practices and technical objects, the diminishing negantropism of global trade, systems of production after erasure, and alluring myths of ecological cosmopolitanism.

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FRAUD are residents of the Somerset House Studios

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PUBLICATIONS


research

_Whitepaper


#self-determination #finance #affordance

_Whitepaper is inspired by a cryptocurrency art project (Indulgence coin) that we developed in collaboration with Guido Rudolphi, presented at the last Salon Suissse in Venice (see http://indulgencecoin.com/). It was through the preparation of the ICO launch that we became fascinated with the affordances of the whitepaper as document. We came to wonder if the white paper could constitute the medium of contemporaneity? Spring boarded by innumerable ICOs, the white paper is no longer the exclusive realm of politics or marketing departments. The infamous Bitcoin white paper has gained cult status, a monument to financial self-determination, the only traceable materiality to its mythical author(s), Satoshi Nakamoto. Some of the more famous white papers in history are rooted in the declaration or negation of political self-determination, such as The Churchill White Paper of 1922 (regarding the situation in Palestine), the Statement of the Government of Canada in 1969 (regarding the abolishment of the Indian Act), or People’s Republic of China White Paper in 2000, "The One China Principle and the Taiwan Issue," (regarding the status of Taiwan). Though the white paper has its origins in governmental affairs, its appropriation for product marketisation and more recently for cryptocurrencies points towards the financialisation of self-determination. The logic of investment and debt that has permeated all spheres (see Maurizzio Lazzarato’s ‘The Indebted Man’), includes communication and legal declarations such as the white paper. _Whitepaper playfully hijacks the use and format of the white paper to examine its affordances with regards to the ideology of financial self-determination.

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Carbon Derivatives - a fore(s)taste


#boreal #greentrading #forestry

Carbon Derivatives explore the collision between the forest as a storage resource of carbon, the boreal forest's disappearance and emission trading systems (ETS). USNEA lichen in East Fennoscandia is a disappearing species that problematises the management of industrial forestry in Finland. While the efficiency of industrial forests is heralded by such bodies as Metsähallitus, validating the move to increase production and cutting down of trees, some incalculable elements have escaped the equation. The Usnea lichen, more widely known as beard moss, grows on the bark of trees in old growth forests, providing food for reindeer in winter. The post World War massive clear cutting in the north and subsequent forestry is a scarification leaving Finland with approximately 5% of its old growth forest. Calculations have deemed industrial forests more efficient in terms of carbon sequestration, and consequently enriches Finnish economy with carbon credits. In addition, forestry growth provides jobs and fuels many byproduct economies. How are forests calculated? Which forms of knowledge are privileged in this discussion? What is deemed an acceptable compromise/sacrifice? How does one begin to discuss the simultaneous cultural livelihood and destruction of a nation?

This project is an art-led enquiry that is taking shape in food-led events and performative installations.

The project has received the support of the British Council and Helsinki Artist International Programme (HIAP).

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Shrimping Under Working Conditions


#FTZ #brownshrimp #commercialextinction

Shrimping under working conditions is an inquiry into what mutated forms of death are emerging with neoliberalism's financialisation of life, which took shape in a series of fishing workshops and lecture performances. When we are confronted with capital's failure to fulfil resource exhaustion, a model of conservation by dispossession might emerge. Thus, we argue for opening such discussions beyond a biological or geological frame into equally violent forces that are nevertheless materially situated, such as finance, computation or planning. In order to address some of these newer and subtler degrees of death and extinction we dissect the critical territory of the brown shrimp (Crangon crangon) as it flips between commercial (albeit not yet biotic) death in the ex-fishing grounds of the South End (UK), and the social death embedded in (in)human labour-power of the ex-processing factories of the Special Economic Zones of Tangier and Tetouan in Morocco.

This project is an art-led enquiry that took shape in food-led events and installations.

The project has received the support of the Wellcome Trust and the Empire Remains Shop.

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Dreaming in tongues/舌頭/langues/ةنسلأب /tunger


#borders #memory #invasive #Madeleines

Dreaming in tongues/舌頭/langues/ةنسلأب /tunger is a tasting performance collaboration between Fran Gallardo (artist), Nathalie Bonnot (pastry chef), and Audrey Samson, that explores the link between memory and digestion (through taste). At the height of the EU migrant crisis, special Syrian, Hong Kong, and Danish Madeleines were designed in order to expose the geopolitical issues related to ingredients from so called ‘invasive’ species. The performance reflects on the borders which are currently being reified in Europe. The project was commissioned and presented at Kunsthal Aarhus in Denmark.

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Let them eat cake!


#DNA #Facebook #datastorage

Let them eat cake! is an edible counter-imaginary of your Facebook profile. In early 2012, Facebook conducted massive scale emotional contagion by manipulating the emotional expressions in the News Feeds of 689,003 users. This exemplifies how the governability and the biopolitics of everyday life flow through the many layers of shared images, liked videos, protocols, and hyperlinks, all orchestrated by the Facebook News Feed algorithm. The cake is made with synthetic DNA encoded from a user’s Facebook profile data. The profile's data categories (Ad Topics, Facial Recognition Data, Friends, Followers, Likes, and Political Views) are transposed into cake layers, with an absurd twist that reflects the algorithms agency.

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Goodnight Sweetheart


#surveillance #dataafterlife

Goodnight Sweetheart is a data and device embalming service. As data fornicates, replicating at quantum speeds, multiplying our traces, sold to the highest bidder or even leaked for free, this project proposes a digital data funeral, an attempt to escape 'datafication' in the form of a ritual of deletion. This ongoing research into rituals of data erasure has taken shape in installations and participatory events in which visitors are invited to cast their data in resin, irretrievably crystallising their memories in a relic for them to take home.

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reading room

Execution


#posthuman #glossary #exe

FRAUD contributed to two entries, "Execution" and "Static Glow" in the Posthuman Glossary .

Commercial Extinction


#exhaustion #slowdeath #FTZ

FRAUD's contribution "Commercial Extinction: The Exhaustion of Exhaustion" in The Empire Remains Shop, discusses the technosocial assemblages that constitute this condition.

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Let them eat cake!


#DNA #Facebook #datastorage

"Let Them Eat Cake!" in C&C '17 Proceedings of the 2017 ACM SIGCHI Conference on Creativity and Cognition, 428-429. New York: ACM, 2017.

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Executing Practices


#exe #erasure #shrimping

This collection brings together artists, curators, programmers, theorists and heavy internet browsers whose practices make critical intervention into the broad concept of execution.

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Datafied Research


#datafication #hongkong

This newspaper edition seek insights into the logics of data flows between materials, things, data, code, software, interfaces and other stuff that permeates the cultures of datafication. Articles 'Erase.all' by Audrey Samson and 'Data Disobedients?' by Fran Gallardo. [PDF]

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events

26.06-23.09.2018
Finis terra on show at the European Investment Bank
[Luxembourg, LU]

16.06.2018
Landscape leakage workshop at the Design Museum
[London, UK]

13.06-24.06.2018
Carbon rifts in Complex Value$ exhibition at the Somerset House Studios
[London, UK]

17.05-30.06.2018
_Whitepaper in Rethinking Affordance exhibition curated by Ashley Scarlett and Martin Zeilinger + symposium.
[akademie schloss solitude, DE]

14.05-25.06.2018
In residence at the European Investment Bank
[Luxembourg, LU]

15.02-04.03.2018
Residency at @ Helsinki International Artist Programme (HIAP)
[Helsinki, FI]

08.01-07.02.2018
Landscape Leakage a workshop in MAGMD @ LCC (brief)
[London, UK]

25.11.2017
Terra Preta - Terra Obscura. On Earth Grabbing, Forest Deserts (and Desserts), and Black Gold. 🌲 🌳 🌴 A genealogy of yet another carbon derivative talk at Onsite Gallery
[Toronto, CA]

10.11-17.12.2017
'Récupération' exhibition at Centre des arts de Shawinigan
[Shawinigan, CA]

20.10.2017
Carbon Derivatives in biennals.ch
Palazzo Trevisan degli Ulivi [Venice, IT]
A discussion around the affective and contentious powers emerging from green trade.
ATARAXIA programme PDF

28.09-01.10.2017
Goodnight Sweetheart in Non-Compliant Futures
exhibition, at Never Apart Gallery [Montreal, CA]

20.09.2017
Goodnight Sweetheart in Emotion + the technology
exhibition, opening at the Austrian Culture Forum [London, UK]

15.09.2017
Design Diplomacy in Helsinki Design Week
at the British Ambassador’s residence [Helsinki, FI]

14.09.2017
Shrimping Under Working Conditions in 'A New We - A Multispecies Think Tank' exhibition, opening at Kunsthall Trondheim
[Trondheim, NO]

13.09.2017
A fore(s)taste at the Helsinki Design Week
at Galleria Sinne [Helsinki, FI]
A food-led event investigating the collusion between industrial forestry and carbon markets. Join us for discussion, forest oriented sweets and cocktails.

29.06.2017
Let Them Eat Cake! served for Microbites
at the ArtScience Museum [Singapore, SG]
Serving up steamed lapis counter-imaginary of your Facebook profile. Made by the amazing Tiong Bahru Galicier Pastry.

06.04.2017
FRAUD Selected as Helsinki Design Resident 2017

08.03.2017
FRAUD selected residents at the Somerset House Studios

17.02.2017
What does Europe want to see? part of 'El Borde de una Herida'. An exhibition curated by Juan Guardiola, opening at CentroCentro
[Madrid, SP]

05.02.2017
Execution Practices book launch at Transmediale [Berlin, DE]

04.11.2016
Dégustation Amère performance The Empire Shop Remains [London, UK]

20.10.2016
Shrimping Under Working Conditions presented at Open Fields Conference [Riga, LV]

29.8.2016
Shrimping After Working Conditions workshop [Leigh-On-Sea, UK]

29&31.01.2015
Datafied Research: Capture Weather - A Talk About the Weather & Capture Things [Berlin, DE]