23.11.2018——25.11.2018

The Universe of ( ) Images

Part 1 – Amsterdam

The long-held idea of images as proof of reality vanished. Washed away by manipulative practices of image production our hyper-visual media streams have become highly subjective and emotional. Authenticity claims to be the new challenge while power structures shift and users become creators.

Within two 48 hour workshops we explored the shift of construction and perception of 'truth' in visual culture. Images and videos that long served as pieces of evidence, can now be modified by technical means and thus be manipulated in visible as well as invisible manner. At the same time our use and understanding of the notion of truth and reality has heavily changed. 'White lies' and 'alternative facts' are buzzwords that illustrate how truth is about to turn into a subjective concept. Meanings and images are being tweaked to gain power, sympathy or trust.

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Together we look at the role of technical applications within the de-/construction of truth. How can the tools we build and use shape how we publish and consume media? Who can we trust when the concept of truth has vanished? Can ideas of 'subjectivity' replace the notions of objectivity and rationality? …

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We invite young journalists, hackers, photographers, designers, filmmakers, programmers and visual makers to two weekends of experimenting, exploring, questioning, hacking, designing and publishing. The course will be led by the Dutch initiative Hackers & Designers from Amsterdam and the German non-profit organisation Froh! from Cologne. Together they built a team of journalists, designers, artists and hackers. They were joined by Hay Kranen and Coralie Vogelaar for input and guidance. The project was running on two weekends and in two cities.

Participants of the workshop are: Tiziana, Miram, Dennis, Katherina, Lisa, Isabel, Felix, Sophie Upendra, Roberta, Niels, Leith Raphaël, Lacey, Io, Jan, Jurian, Juliette, Anja, Jeannette and Klaus.

This first weekend was kicked off with a public symposium.

Program

6–9pm Kick off Symposium at fanfare with Arthur Steiner and Leonardo Dellanoce, Colm O’Neill, fanfare

10am–6pm workshop at fanfare Guest class by Hay Kranen introducing us to his Face Tool.

10am–4pm workshop at fanfare Guest class by Coralie Vogelaar introducing us to the online tools she uses in her work to analyse images.

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Dennis' experimentations


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Jan's experimentation


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Io's experimentation using Kim's images on wikipedia in all languages and organising them by color


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Juliette, Jeannette and Anja's investigation on what makes Kim pretty according to the algorithm translating the image


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Jurian's installation


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Katherina's investigation on Kim's recognition from an algorithm perspective


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Lacey's translation of Kim into characters!


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Leith's analog face recognition markers


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Lisa's 3D exploration


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Raphaël's experimentations


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Raphaël's Kim poster


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Roberta's manipulations to read Kim's emotions


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Tiziana's investigation on weapon's imagery


Sophie's algorithmic sound translation of Kim taking a selfie


Find all the tools used with Coralie here and Hay's face tool here.

Second part of the workshop: 7–9 December in Cologne!


The project The Universe of [ ] Images is funded by Fonds Soziokultur and Fonds voor Cultuurparticipatie

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