Online Culture Wars & The Persuadables

Online Culture Wars & The Persuadables

The art collective DISNOVATION.ORG created two related projects called Online Culture Wars and Profiling the Profilers:

The map Online Culture Wars is an overlay of hundreds of politicised memes, along with influential political figures and symbols. Using the Political Compass as a framework, this cartography offers a symbolic representation of online ideological and political debates, and their growing polarisation, politicisation, and radicalisation orchestrated by different political and cultural influencers. It is designed as a discussion starter, intended to visualise and contextualise the ongoing online culture wars.

The video Online Culture Wars (called THE PERSUADABLES) focuses on the political instrumentalisation of the tools, techniques, and infrastructures of the web, with particular attention to social media as an ecosystem of influence and online manipulation of opinion. It exposes some practices broadly used for online propaganda, as well as the creative responses they trigger in civil society.

This work was realised within the framework of the European Media Art Platforms (EMAP) programme at m-cult (FI) with support of the Creative Europe Culture Programme of the European Union.

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DISNOVATION.ORG (Nicolas Maigret, Maria Roszkowska and Baruch Gottlieb) is both an art collective and an international working group engaged in the crossovers between contemporary arts, research and hacking. The collective develops situations of interference, debate and speculation that question dominant techno-positivist ideologies in order to foster post-growth narratives. They recently co-edited ’A Bestiary of the Anthropocene’, an atlas of anthropic hybrid creatures, and ’The Pirate Book’, an anthology on media piracy.

Their work has been presented at numerous art centers and festivals internationally such as Centre Pompidou (Paris), Transmediale (Berlin), Museum of Art and Design (New York), Palais de Tokyo (Paris), ZKM (Karlsruhe), Strelka Institute (Moscow), ISEA (Hong Kong) and Chaos Computer Congress (Hamburg)… Their work has been featured in Forbes, Vice, Wired, Motherboard, Libération, Die Zeit, Arte TV, Gizmodo and Filmmaker Magazine among others.