Welcome to the spring 2019 edition of SLEEK!
The Cambridge Analytica data scandal made the fashion industry realise how regularly our data is being mined, how it is sold to companies, think tanks and politicians across the world, and how little we can do about it. In November 2018, the scandal’s whistleblower Christopher Wylie revealed that, while working for Donald Trump’s 2016 election campaign, Cambridge Analytica used fashion preferences as one of its metrics in order to target US voters.
The way we use the internet, from retail to culture, has never been more surveilled. For SLEEK 61, we wanted to look into the impact this is having on contemporary culture in our research section, Digital Ethics.
– Performance artist Nora Turato on voice, place and women’s anger
– Blogger and writer Arabelle Sicardi looks at the dangerous impact data mining is having on the fashion and beauty industries
– Co-founder of The Centre for the Study of the Networked Image at London South Bank University, Annet Dekker sheds light on the labour behind social media “likes”
– A photographic series by artist Stephanie Kneisel, Stop the Algorithm
– A feature on the East German fashion magazine Sibylle, with photographers Ute and Werner Mahler, and GDR-era fashion model Grit Seymour
– Camila Falquez’s photographic portfolio of flamenco dancers in Seville, Spain
– A Spring/Summer 2019 fashion editorial by Arvida Byström, looking at the prevalence of dolls in the sex industry
– Adam Štěch on unobvious Bauhaus masters
– Rottingdean Bazaar’s photography portfolio with Annie Collinge, The Mortal Pickle