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An I Was Raised on the Internet Preview

by Jared Quinton

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Anna Anthropy, Queers in Love at the End of the World, 2013

The words "WHEN WE HAVE EACH OTHER WE HAVE EVERYTHING" appear in white drippy, graffiti-like text against a black background. A very small computer cursor hovers in the middle of the image.

Anna Anthropy, Queers in Love at the End of the World, 2013. Online game

Courtesy of the artist

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Made by Chicago-based artist and game designer Anna Anthropy, Queers in Love at the End of the World is a 10-second online game that creates an imaginary experience of fleeting intimacy with a loved one. As a timer ticks down to zero, users click their way through a hypertext narrative, making rushed choices that determine the emotionally and erotically loaded final moments before “everything is wiped away.” As the artist writes: “If you only had ten seconds left with your partner, what would you do with them? What would you say?”


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Femke Herregraven, Taxodus, 2013

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Taxodus simulates the unofficial and largely invisible offshore economy available to international corporations. Created by Dutch artist Femke Herregraven, the online game allows users to act on behalf of the company of their choice. The stated objective is to set up the most efficient tax intermediaries and subsidiaries in countries around the globe, with the ultimate aim of lowering the taxes on their company's profits.


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American Artist, Sandy Speaks, 2016

American Artist, Sandy Speaks, 2016. A.I. chat application. Originally commissioned by Newhive.com

On July 13, 2015, a 28-year-old African American woman named Sandra Bland was found dead in a jail cell in Waller, Texas, three days after being arrested during a traffic stop. American Artist's online chatbot Sandy Speaks allows users to have an imagined conversation with Bland during the 90 minutes that the security cameras were turned off in her cell—the same period in which she died. Users can ask the bot a limited range of questions related to Bland's death and American policing in general.