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Adam Chodzko

United Kingdom, 2013
10 minutes, Colour, Stereo, 16:9
Original format: HD digital file
Available formats: HD Video / HD Digital file

The character Laarni, is an image moderator from the Philippines, whose job it is to vet a constant stream of images sent between users of Western social networking sites, checking the content for extreme material.This video work in the style of a Skype chat introduces Laarni and her role. Her response to the flood of images she encounters daily is imagined as both Laarni’s desktop on her computer screen as well as her unconscious reaction – her dreams, her fears – to the excessive flow of imagery she deals with and the potentially problematic subject matter those images might contain. In “Room for Laarni, Image Moderator” Chodzko continues his ongoing exploration of the network of fantasies that both create and disrupt the relationship between the individual and the ‘crowd.’ In a globalised network, Laarni is necessarily remote for economic reasons, and yet she is the one who determines, in an all-seeing manner, the collective visual narrative constructed by social media users in the West.