The Universe of ( ) Images

The Universe of ( ) Images
Name The Universe of ( ) Images
Location Fanfare
Date 2018/11/23-2018/11/25
Time 10:00-17:00
PeopleOrganisations Hackers & Designers, Froh!, Fanfare
Type Meetup
Web Yes
Print No


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.


Together we looked 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? …


We invited young journalists, hackers, photographers, designers, filmmakers, programmers and visual makers to two weekends of experimenting, exploring, questioning, hacking, designing and publishing. The course was 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 two experts: Hay Kranen and Coralie Vogelaar with input and guidance. The project was run on two weekends and in two cities: Amsterdam and Cologne.


This first weekend in Amsterdam was kicked off with a public symposium.


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

10am–6pm workshop at fanfare

10am–4pm workshop at fanfare


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