Question: How will current YouTube trends impact the environment 50 years down the line?
My research based art project centers on the impact of YouTube’s recommendation algorithm on developing economies and their ecology. In my case study of Mukbang, a South Korean trend wherein hosts eat large amounts of food, I highlight the effect of seafood Mukbangs on supply and demand of wild fishing in Southeast Asia. My overall goal is to expose the connections between individual action and global social, economic, and environmental issues, and show ways they are mediated through tech institutions like YouTube.
This project culminated in an installation, performance, and video work that communicated the invisible tug and pull between the internet and it’s material impact.