UBERMORGEN (CH / AT / US)

[V]ote-Auction’s 27 min. on CNN’s “Burden of Proof”, 2000

Single channel video with sound (27.12 mins)

 

Torture Classics, 2010

Interrogation box with handpainted sign; single channel video with sound (9.47 mins)

In 2000, at the peak of the worldwide media and internet hype, UBERMORGEN.COM launched a large-scale action of ‘media hacking’ during the Bush vs. Gore US presidential elections. The artists, at that time still an unknown collective which rather looked like an obscure e-commerce company, adopted the domain name voteauction.com and revamped it into a website in which American voters had the opportunity to sell their vote to the highest bidder.

 

This action triggered a media explosion, reaching millions of people through print, television, radio, and online. Legal fights with US courts and intelligence agencies followed…

 

UBERMORGEN is participating in How much of this is fiction. with the support of the Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia.

For Torture Classics, UBERMORGEN commercially market the seminal tunes used in sonic interrogation, (or torture by music), bringing together a collection of chart-topping tracks from the ‘golden era of Torture Music’: the 2000s and 2010s. Reportedly utilised in ‘enhanced interrogations’, UBERMORGEN present music from Top 40 hits to TV theme-songs repeatedly used by prison guards, military prisons and detention centres as part of their interrogation practices.

 

Presented in a standard sized interrogation box, viewers are presented with an infomercial for a compilation featuring over 60 sweet and painful torture hits, including Metallica, Britney Spears, Falco, Tanya Tucker, Bruce Springsteen, Twisted Sister, the Meow Mix and more, over and over and over and over again...

 

Torture Classics is part of UBERMORGEN’s Superenhanced project - a three year research and software art project on “enhanced interrogations (newspeak for torture) and extraordinary renditions (state sanctioned kidnapping).” 

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