In our current age of Photoshop, artificial intelligence, augmented and virtual reality, social media hacking, invisible algorithms and alternative facts, how can we believe anything we are presented with? When everyone has the power to produce, edit, and subvert images, how do the technologies themselves shift and adapt?
Alt-Age: Designing Belief is a one-day festival taking place on 19 May 2018 at the Design Museum, co-curated by a group of students as part of the Curating Contemporary Art Programme MA Graduate Projects 2018, Royal College of Art. Alt-Age will explore how contemporary conspiracies and belief systems are born, broadcast, and believed through the design of today’s technologies. Leading thinkers and practitioners from the fields of contemporary art, design and technology will investigate the ‘post-truth’ age and how algorithms and echo chambers are shaping our futures. The festival will confront how the design of online platforms can be co-opted by different groups, and how that might affect the ways we communicate today.
As part of the event we are commissioning new work by artists Bora Akinciturk, Joey Holder, and Demystification Committee - moving image works, a live sound performance and an immersive installation exploring urgent topical issues including data breaching, fake news, internet anonymity and trolling.
These artworks will be free for visitors to interact and engage with throughout the day. In order to realise these exciting new works, we need your help to raise £1,000!
Why you should back this campaign:
Your support would go directly towards the delivery of this interdisciplinary programme. The money raised will go towards artists' fees and producing the commissioned works.
Bora Akinciturk will construct an immersive sculptural installation of a hacker’s workspace or 'troll cave'. Collaborating with coder Mehmet Duran, he will produce an interactive desktop allowing visitors to explore a troller’s activity. This is a long-standing project that Bora has been looking to realise for some time and he is excited by the prospect of displaying it in the Design Museum. This will be the first time his work has been displayed in a major UK cultural institution.
The Demystification Committee is a two-person collective for art and research. Their ongoing project Network Studies sonically uncovers the invisible territory of wireless networks. For Alt-Age, they will produce Network Study XIV, which is based on the massive economic flash crash of 6 May 2010. From his mother’s house in West London, a trader used hacking software to trick the markets - financial ‘fake news’. The Demystification Committee will collect wireless communications from the same location on 6 May 2018, analyse and categorise them, and translate them into sound and noise. This will be performed live for the first time in the Design Museum’s atrium.
Joey Holder is producing Adcredo - The deep belief network, co-commissioned by Bloc Projects, Sheffield, and QUAD, Derby: a series of moving image works investigating the construction of belief in online networks. Working with the Centre for Investigative Journalism and Social Psychologists, the work will take the form of a speculative association, a corporation where ideologies are disseminated to manipulate people. The work will be screened in the atrium and the Bakala Auditorium, allowing Joey’s practice to reach the widest possible audience. It is important to us that the public is able to interact with the works, reflecting on contemporary questions around social media hacking, alternative facts, and online communities.
In return for your kind support, the artists Bora Akinciturk, Joey Holder and the Demystification Committee have created exceptional limited editions of their work for our campaign backers.
Risks and challenges
The risks and challenges associated with a one-day event include ensuring that the artworks are displayed to the highest level and that the festival is well documented for future audiences. We also want to ensure we can properly support our artists to make their work. All of the money raised from Kickstarter will be put towards this.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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