Dead Search
Sarah Bodman 2012
Made specially for the exhibition Lessons in History Vol. II - Democracy
grahame galleries + editions, Brisbane, Australia, October 2012

In the future, will you be able to find democracy on the Internet? Is the Internet itself as democratic as we imagine it to be? Of course the Internet is a powerful tool for dissemination, and often it allows us to access information that we might not be able to find by other means. But who answers the questions we ask and the searches we undertake online? And who decides what we do and don't get to see? Citizens of many countries have limited access to information portals enjoyed by those in 'democratic' societies, but it isn't just government that controls what we can and cannot access.

The Internet is full of tools designed to influence us to purchase things we don't need and to gather information on our spending patterns and desires in a market-driven economy. So what will end up in your shopping basket when the response to searches on the Internet will only provide you with information in order to sell you something?

Free download PDFs for DIY print and assembly, you'll need 2 sheets of A4 paper:

Inside pages - print double sided landscape
Cover - one side only

Print the 2 inside pages as one double sided sheet, and the cover so that the inside is blank. Put the cover face down, place inside sheet on top so the black squares are face up. Fold together, so that the cover is now facing you, score and staple in the middle.

100 copies given away during the exhibition
Lessons in History Vol. II - Democracy at grahame galleries + editions, Brisbane, Australia, October 2012

www.grahamegalleries.com.au
 

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