Added Value (2016)
8 Channel Audio Installation, Dolby 7.1
Duration: 24 minutes 12 seconds
A film score for a far-future documentary on surplus value.
In 1957, at the Sixth Radar Conference at MIT, thousands of scientists spontaneously broke into song; their voices rang out, singing in unison:
“More data, more data, from pole to equator,
We’ll gain our salvation through mass mensuration.
Thence flows our might, our sweetness, our light.
Our spirits full fair, our souls sublime;
Measuring everything, everywhere, all the time.”
In 2016, a choir in Venezuela recreated this song for the first time since, after being introduced to this historical moment via a crowdsourcing platform. Meanwhile, the Firedrake Jamming Song — an ode to harvests — fills the frequencies of short-wave radio, replacing news media. Before the malls crumbled, Muzak became weaponized. There were new and old colonialisms, physical and virtual; people were segregated and marginalized on new and old premises; uncountable new borders proliferated, until materiality was vacuumed up, taxing, quantifying and stressing the psyche.