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A Radio Play Performance Unpacks the Way We Anticipate Global Crises

York Chang and Daniel R. Small’s “The Map Is the Territory” will discuss the implications of the government using A.I. to predict world events.

York Chang (photo by Lauren Hillary, courtesy OCMA)

Throughout two concurrent LA exhibitions at the Vincent Price Art Museum (VPAM) and the Orange County Museum of Art (OCMA), York Chang challenges the veracity of various forms of mass media. Bringing together collaged photographs, radio broadcasts, and sculptural installations, Chang “zooms in on how information is designed to reinforce the biases its messengers hold,” as Renée Reizman recently noted in Hyperallergic.

As part of OCMA’s exhibition To Be Wrong With Infinite Precision, Chang is collaborating with artist Daniel R. Small on “Radio Booth,” a performance installation in which they hold broadcast sessions. The first session titled “I Am Sitting in a Feedback Loop” took place last month, and updated Alvin Lucier’s seminal experimental sound piece “I Am Sitting in a Room” for the “fake news” era.

This weekend, the second session “The Map Is the Territory” will look at the literary and philosophical trope of a 1:1 scale map — a map drawn the exact size as that which it represents — which has featured in works by Borges, Lewis Carrol, and Baudrillard. In Chang and Small’s version, this map also refers to the Sentient World Simulation, a computer-generated model of the real world used by the Department of Defense and Homeland Security to predict events, crises, and responses. “The Map is the Territory” uses analog technology and classic radio-play style storytelling to depict this A.I., data-driven method of anticipating human behavior.

When: Saturday, June 15, 2 pm
Where: Orange County Museum of Art (OCMA) (1661 West Sunflower Ave., Santa Ana, California)

More info at OCMA.

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