Masters and Slaves (Diptych) Facebook and Google Alphabet
Fabio Lattanzi Antinori
The sculptures are modelled around the flashcrash that hit Facebook on the 26th of July 2017 and Google on the 22nd of April 2013. A flashcrash is an ultrafast anomaly which mysteriously affects the shares of a company on a given financial market, leading to losses and recoveries of billions of dollars in seconds. Facebook's flashcrash happened as the result of wrong documents published by Facebook on-line. The documents were read by algorithms and passed over to other algorithms that trade on behalf of humans in a fully automatic process, during which Facebook and its investors lost millions in just fractions of seconds. The causes behind Google's flashcrash instead, remain to nowadays unknown. The only known fact is that the flashcrash was linked to potential human error (the fat finger issue) and largely to the presence of multiple AI powered financial programs, trading on behalf of humans. The sculptures, which focus on our society having become dependant on the same technology we have created and can no longer fully understand, feature a video running on LED matrices, displaying a data visualisation of the news published on the day of the crash in the case of Facebook, and a scrambled interpretation of Google's flashcrash.