E19: Artistic Interventions
Chris Combs: The Algorithm Will See You Now
July 9 – July 23, 2022
Transformer launches the first public component of E19: Artistic Interventions, the 19th year of our Exercises for Emerging Artists program – an annual peer critique and mentorship program for DC-based emerging artists.
The first exhibition in this series The Algorithm Will See You Now by artist Chris Combs.
Combs uses interactive electronics to ask pressing questions about algorithmic injustice and surveillance capitalism. Machine learning or “artificial intelligence (AI)” tools are quickly arising and are trained from massive datasets of human decisions. The “algorithms” that these AI machines create are empowered to make decisions themselves, but their trainings are rarely known to the public. Combs’ exhibition will explore and unpack what the implications are, and what we can do.
About Chris Combs
Chris Combs is an artist based in Washington, DC and Mount Rainier, Maryland who creates provocative technology. His Lossiness at VisArts featured seven artworks exploring the boundaries of human perception. Judging Me Judging You at the DC Arts Center explored themes of surveillance and control, and his installation Maelstrom at Rhizome DC featured 35 machines spreading rumors about its visitors. He is a graduate of the Corcoran College of Art + Design and was a photo editor for National Geographic.
Transformer is located at 1404 P St NW.