LinkNYC is an infrastructure program that is replacing New York City pay phones with kiosks that offer free wi-fi,
internet browsing, and phone charging. Pitched as a municipal network, LinkNYC is funded by Alphabet/Google, with no public money spent on construction or operation costs.
linknyc.info (2017, in collaboration with Alton Alburo) was a geurilla, site-specific video installation for LinkNYC kiosks. The video uses free tools from Google to augment the perception of LinkNYC kiosks, and test the boundaries of pseudo-public spaces. Using the aesthetics of corporate personhood, the video's script (much of it lifted directly from the LinkNYC's privacy policies) progresses from instructional to uncanny.
August 22nd 2016: A cease and desist letter was received from LinkNYC managing company Intersection asking for the removal of the work from http://linknyc.info.
September 15th 2016: Internet browsing was removed from all LinkNYC kiosks following complaints that the feature, pitched as a bridge for the digital divide, was too popular with the homeless.