Sam Mercer is a producer of the digital programme at The Photographer's Gallery focusing on commissioning and curating the Media Wall. He is also an artist, primarily working with moving image, part of the Common Study artists' group. Recent projects include Interruptions, a browser extension with Field Broadcast and Bad Vibes Club as well as 'Nobody Must Realise', filmed around the Knaresborough Bed Race, Yorkshire. Between 2007 and 2013, he was a member of Nottingham artist group Tether, producing exhibitions, events and online projects.
On 19 September 2021, Mailchimp’s content manager algorithm categorised the Flash Fictions email publication as in conflict with their Acceptable Use Policy. The following conversation between Sam Mercer and artist Shelby Shaw reflects on the flaws of the automated content management black box.
"People are now more acutely aware of the way in which ideas can transform and mutate through the (inter)net, and have their own “life”, so to speak. I personally think of the internet itself as a complex entity, like a living organism, expanding and contracting. Its territories are as far-reaching as they are controlled".