Compare+Contrast:Codes of Conduct / Jegan Vincent de Paul

Commissioned by ZERO1 and presented with support from the National Endowment for the Arts

To seek Silicon Valley is a daunting task. A difficulty arises in any attempts to get a clear picture of the exact nature of this space and its relationship to the rest of American society. Silicon Valley can be better understood by comparison to a space that is arguably its ideological antitheses - that of Washington, DC. Compare and Contrast:Codes of Conduct is a project that compares and contrasts the codes of conduct of Washington with that of Silicon Valley for 99 days prior to the US Presidential Elections and the 2012 ZER01 Biennial. The project takes as a hypothesis that the technologies and technologists of Silicon Valley might be increasingly more impactful in the production of future-oriented change within the United States than the policies and politicians of Washington. Using the language of U.S mass media - as both image and text - together with the thoughts of key personal interviewees the project will attempt to reveal the underlying ?body of code? that markedly distinguishes Silicon Valley from Washington DC. For the exhibition a special projection and seating object is designed. A two-channel video projection juxtaposes media representations (collected over 99 days) of Silicon Valley on one screen and those of Washington on the other. The video is composed of fast moving text and images drawn from articles, highlighting certain key words, headlines and photographs. The video is accompanied by the voices / statements of the interviewees. A hard-copy version of the media juxtapositions and full transcriptions of the interviews is available in a binder displayed within the installation.

This project is presented as part of the exhibition 
Seeking Silicon Valley at the ZERO1 Garage 
September 12-December 8, 2012
Admission is free

Jegan Vincent de Paul

lives and works in Cambridge, MA

Artist website

Bio

Jegan Vincent de Paul was born in Sri Lanka in 1978. His family migrated to India in 1986, during the civil war in Sri Lanka, and then settled in Canada a year later. He currently lives and works in the United States. Studying western art and architecture at the University of Toronto, Jegan received a B.A. in 2003. He is trained as an architect at the University of Toronto, where he received an MArch in 2007. From 2007-2009 Jegan studied at MIT?s Visual Arts Program, receiving a Master of Science in Visual Studies. Jegan has worked as researcher, designer and artist in various capacities around the world: including for internationally known artist Ai Weiwei in Bejing and the prominent architecture firm LOT-EK in New York City. In 2009, Jegan co-founded Counter, an agency to frame, amplify and transmit culture. As part of Counter, Jegan produced projects for a number of artists and organizations such as Voices Beyond Walls, Nakba Archive, the MIT Museum, and the MIT School of Engineering. Jegan was a research fellow at the MIT Program in Art, Culture and Technology (ACT) from 2010-2011 where he conducted research on energy?viewing?energy? not as a commodity, but as a socio-economic network. Jegan writes for critical.org, a blog he co-founded on art, media and politics; and he is currently a lecturer at ACT.