The Real Fake Fake News Bot

ARGEkultur, foyer | free admission

The system is fed with fake news from several sources and is constructing a new meaning out of them - fake fake news. The sculpture is speaking this processed content out loud with a text to speech synthesis approach, triggering lights and movements before uploading it into the newsfeed of the real fake fake news bot twitter profile. The sculpture is supposed to be the physical representation of a ‘bot’, a device or piece of software that can execute commands, reply to messages or perform routine tasks, as online searches, either automatically or with minimal human intervention.The structure of the resulting content is formed by applying formal rules extracted from poetic literature.

The phrase ‘fake news’ may have been popularized in 2016, but the concept itself dates back at least a thousand years. Technology makes the spread of ideas faster and more scalable, making it easier for propaganda material to reach more people. The growth of social networks caused them to become ideal platforms for spreading disinformation campaigns. Incidents over the past few years demonstrate how social networks are used to distribute fake news. In fact, fake news in its current incarnation would not be possible without social media sites, as these platforms allow users from various countries to connect with other users easily. An essential role in aiming these real users to spread fake information play automated accounts, so called bots. The Real Fake Fake News Bot is the physical embodiment of this ‘artificial life’, which is taking part in online communication in various ways and with various aims. These aims can be but don’t have to be of a political, financial or (anti)social nature. The sculpture itself aims to extract the inherent fragments of these manifested aims and to reassemble new structures based on structures derived from poetry, thereby transforming these aims into potentially new meanings.

APNOA is an audiovisual collective, founded by Sebastian Drack and Tobias Feldmeier in 2013. The artists aim for forward-thinking ideas and strategies in practice and theory, in order to provide immersive multi-sensory experiences and narratives, presented as audiovisual performances, installations and multimedia productions. Their work is settled in the field of performative interaction and seek for an ambiguous character, generating synaesthetic correlations within the act-theoretical semantics and immediate, aesthetic perception. APNOA has already participated in several international exhibitions, festivals and touring events in Europe and Asia like Big Data Art 2013 (Munich), ISMAR 2015 (Fukuoka), Algorave Tour 2015 (Japan), OÖ Landesausstellung 2016 (Linz), Interlab Festival 2016 (Salzburg), Prague Microfestival 2017 (Prague), Ars Electronica Festival 2017 (Linz), Patchlab Festival 2017 (Krakow).


Within a special digital spring edition of the concert series ‘Roter Salon’ APNOA will be hosted with their sound performance ‘simas’ on Friday, March 16 at ARGEkultur.