Corporate capture of our government is invisible by design, enabling powerful companies to manipulate policy and undermine progressive change across a wide variety of issue areas without repercussions. To combat this, the Capitol Inc. Campaign uses digital art as a tool for people to see how the harm that flows from outsized corporate influence shows up in our society.
We want to build a world where business activities are not built on labor and human rights abuses; where corporations are not emboldened to attack their critics, whether in the courts or on the streets; and where the government is responsive to the people and the public interest, instead of to corporate donors.
This starts with attacking one of the most sinister sources of power for corporate influence: that almost no one can see it happen. Through Capitol, Inc, we are combining art, technology and social justice to reveal this hidden world of corporate power and influence happening all around us!
Learn more about the campaign
- New Installation: ICARUS
- ICAR's Invisible DC Block Party
- Experience the Art for Yourself
- AR Art: A Look Behind the Scenes with Alfredo Salazar-Caro
- AR Art: A Look Behind the Scenes with Emma Robbins
New Installation: ICARUS
The groundbreaking piece, entitled ICARUS, is the work of award-winning artist Peter Wu+, and was commissioned by the International Corporate Accountability Roundtable (ICAR) as the latest installation of the Capitol, Inc. project. This new installation is placed at the UN Headquarters in Geneva and is set to be unveiled at the 12th United Nations Forum on Business and Human Rights. ICARUS exposes the ever-present insidious threat of corporate capture across the world. It is created to illustrate the invisible hand of corporate influence manipulating policy, government bodies and systems to serve their interests across industries.
ICAR's Invisible DC Block Party
On June 8th, 2022, we threw an “Invisible DC Block Party” on the National Mall in Washington D.C. in order to reinvigorate and draw more public attention to our Capitol, Inc Campaign. With live music and a short program, the event showcased four augmented reality art installations that reveal how deep corporate influence runs in Washington D.C. Check out our short event video!
Experience the Art for Yourself
Explore four digital art installations in the Capitol, Inc. campaign created by BIPOC artists covering the oil & gas industry, big agribusiness, private prisons, and Indigenous peoples' rights. Each installations unravels the layers behind the invisible hand of corporate power and how it causes harm in each of the issues covered in the campaign. Each progressive issue is --at least-- in part a corporate accountability issue.
AR Art: A Look Behind the Scenes with Alfredo Salazar-Caro
Watch Capitol, Inc. Artist Alfredo Salazar-Caro talk about the inspiration behind his piece which is visual poem meant to honor and uplift the agricultural workers across the US coming from the Latin diaspora. The piece illustrates how the prioritization of corporate profit in the agricultural industry sabotages progress on host of social justice issues. View our short video to learn more.
AR Art: A Look Behind the Scenes with Emma Robbins
Watch Capitol, Inc. Artist Diné Emma Robbins talk about why she created her augmented reality piece. Her piece links the exploitation of Indigenous land and peoples to the violation of treaties. View our short video to learn more.
ICAR’s Latest Augmented Reality Art Installation Unveiled at the United Nations Headquarters in Geneva Highlights Ongoing Threat of Corporate Capture
A new augmented reality art installation will be unveiled today, November 28th, during the United Nations Forum on Business and Human Rights at the UN Headquarters in Geneva. Icarus, the latest installation in our Capitol Inc. campaign, created by Artist Peter Wu+ exposes the ever-present threat of corporate capture across the world. This piece is created to illustrate the invisible hand of corporate influence manipulating policy, government bodies and systems to serve their interests across industries prioritizing corporate greed over public good. Read our full Press Release here.
Corporate influence in the political and regulatory sphere: Ensuring business practice in line with the Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights
Over the past several years, the UN Working Group on Business and Human Rights has been engaging with the question of how to ensure that business lobbying efforts and other contacts with the political process do not lead to human rights abuses. In July 2022, the Working Group issued its report which makes specific recommendations to states and to businesses to address this challenge. ICARUS brings shape to the challenge and the threat and demands a response.
Download ICAR AR App
Since corporate influence works in the shadows and as an invisible force, the ICAR AR app reveals this hidden side of Washington D.C. The Capitol, Inc. art installations can only be viewed through the ICAR AR app. Head over to the app store and make sure you have the app downloaded before you go out to the art locations.
Criminal Justice & Immigration System Fact Sheet
For-profit corporations are involved in nearly every aspect of the criminal justice and immigration systems in the United States. Private prison have a powerful financial incentive both to cut corners when it comes to the services they provide, and to push for policies that fuel mass incarceration. Read our fact sheet to learn more.
Big Agribusiness Fact Sheet
Big money and corporate power dictate how agricultural workers are treated, how our food is grown, whether family farmers are able to earn a living, and whether rural communities thrive or decline. Read our fact sheet to learn more about how agricultural powerhouses manipulate policy in their favor and sabotage progress on a host of social justice issues.
Oil & Gas Industry Fact Sheet
The climate crisis we are currently facing is largely a product of the notoriously profit-hungry fossil fuel industry. They knew about the climate risks 60 years ago and spent billions to cover up the truth, all to protect their profits. Read our fact sheet to learn more unchecked political influence within the oil & gas the industry that is being used manipulate the government into prioritizing industry profits above public interest.
Exposing Corporate Influence: The Uber Files and Beyond
This blog examines the threat of corporate capture as seen in the recent Uber files leak which exposed how the tech giant used its financial resources and political connections to manipulate and shape policy in its favor. The abuse of power witnessed in the Uber case mirrors corporate and government abuse in other sectors such as big agribusiness, the oil and gas industry, and the private prison system.