Root Event

Schaufenster in die Stadt Videorama
1. 6. to 30. 6. 2014
ES 2013

“Why do white men have small …. why do blacks commit more crimes… why do arabs hate the us… why do indians smell… why do europeans like canadians… why do heterosexuals keep creating homosexuals”? Borja Rodríguez Alonso’s Why is based on an everyday Google function, the Autocomplete. The search engine saves the user work, since it suggests the most frequently asked ones from millions of queries. At the same time, it changes the nature of the question; it becomes an apparently neutrally calculated predisposition to the question. In fact, however, nobody knows exactly which parameters the Google algorithms work according to. However these generated questions actually come about, they reveal a frightening panopticon that ranges from racism, sexism to infantile curiosity about body parts. Only with questions about religion do they suddenly become surprisingly factual, which reinforces the impression of a Google corrective. And even if Alonso concentrates on stereotypes about people in his questions, he cannot escape the famous Internet cats, even if only for a fraction of a second.

In cooperation with transmediale - festival for art and digital culture berlin. Marcel Schwierin curated the film programm at transmediale afterglow.