Pera Museum presents Katherine Behar: Data’s Entry, the first museum survey exhibition of this New York-based artist who moves fluidly between sculpture, performance, video, and writing. Behar is drawn to the often confounding—and sometimes rebellious—ways that people and technologies manage to coexist in digital labor.
Through the exhibition, we have been sharing detailed information about the artworks. This time we are sharing “Autoresponder.exe”!
Autoresponder.exe compares a scene of managerial power to software that is impersonal, ineffective, and tone-deaf. The slowly scanning video reveals an image of an executive desk standing on end in a disheveled office. Autoresponders are automated e-mail scripts that send generic reply messages to incoming mail in lieu of a personally composed response. They provide a shallow veneer of competence in corporate culture, masking inattention, lapsed productivity, and bureaucratic redundancy.