Simon Boas

No in Disguise

Produced in collaboration with Kris Blackmore

No in Disguise is a procedurally generated video installation that features men reading and responding to transcripts of conversations by the artist and his collaborator with dating app users who expressed harmful attitudes toward women. It responds to the cultural anxiety over the shifting dominant narrative about gender and power dynamics in the United States, where critical responses to the #MeToo movement have argued that the harassment of women is merely the product of a deviant male minority. The voices and physical features of the readers in the video are deconstructed and recombined into a patchwork of faces that represent a male identity that is simultaneously specific and general. Every viewing presents a new series of faces.

Simon Boas is a socially engaged data and video artist whose work investigates permissions and nuance at the intersection of technology and personal life. His practice is largely informed by his experience as a journalist and documentary filmmaker. He has recently presented his work in Amsterdam, Rome, and San Francisco.