[spectre] V2_ presents: Test_Lab: Tools for Propaganda - March 11

V2_ joris at v2.nl
Wed Feb 24 10:46:53 CET 2010

Test_Lab: Tools for Propaganda

Experience how new media technologies direct, divert, distract and
manipulate your gaze on the world.


Thursday March 11
V2_ Eendrachtsstraat 10
Admission: free

Featuring: Maurice Benayoun (FR) | Marc Lee (CH) | Damian Stewart
(NZ/AT) | Opening: Alessandro Ludovico (IT) | Screening:
www.uncyclopedia.wikia.com/wiki | www.subvertr.com |

The increased accessibility and affordability of contemporary media
technologies has greatly expanded possibilities for the dissemination of
independent and grassroots information. At the same time, these
developments have also greatly increased the opportunities for (mis)use
of media technologies as powerful and effective tools for political and
commercial propaganda. Although many theorists, artists, and activists
have addressed the latter perspective on contemporary media
technologies, critical debates have rarely relied on concrete
demonstrations to prove their point. This edition of Test_Lab will
therefore investigate the face of propaganda in the digital age by means
of live artistic demonstrations, and will allow the audience to test
hands-on how new media technologies can be applied as effective tools
for propaganda.

How does Google determine which website shows up first and which one on
page 2.480.133 of a search? Does a photograph only represent its own
reality? How does social tagging affect the meaning of an online image?
Why is spam persuasive and profitable? Is Uncyclopedia perhaps the true
Wikipedia? What would the world look like if all advertisements were
covered with artworks? And can Google’s Street View be a stage for
artistic intervention?

Test_Lab: /Tools for Propaganda/ allows you to experience and test for
yourself how new media technologies can be (mis)used to direct, divert,
distract and manipulate your gaze on the world.

Subvertr.com and streetwithaview.com are screened with kind permission
of the artists, Les Liens Invisibles, and Robin Hewlett and Ben Kinsley,

This event will be streamed live at www.v2.nl

for more information please contact:

Michel van Dartel
michel at v2.nl
+31 (0)10 206 7272

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