In an age of mass communication and collaborative media we are often told that digital platforms provide us with opportunities to empower ourselves and gain control. Tools developed by open source communities offer the resources and means to control aspects of user privacy, browsing behaviour and activities. In contrast, the commercial development of technical systems beyond the screen is driven by the economical management of user data. Social platforms track, store and record user actions, emotions and interactions for financial purposes of
selling, promoting and delivering a individualised filtered online experience. These conflicting forces create new conditions that make up the social and civic infrastructures that we live in. The New Black presents a narrative that aims to discuss how we resolve to live and work with conflicting intersections of commerce in our day to day lives. The New Black features work from: Alexander Porter, Eva Papamargariti, FIELD, Isabella Streffen, Kim Asendorf, Rick Silva, Sabrina Ratté and Sebastian Schmieg.