[ISEA2020] Paper: Alessandro Ludovico — Fake publishing as art and activism

Abstract (short paper)

Keywords: publishing, post-digital networks, design-fiction, media-manipulation, media-ecology, post-truth, post-sense, globalisation

The various forms of artists’ and activists’ printed fakes have shown how the narrative can take over communication without being noticed. From the early to the most recent experiments, they practiced how an essential amount of information can deceive a large public. It didn’t take long for these practices to be used as a powerful manipulating tool for the established powers. We need then to protect specific aspects of the publishing workflow in order to not be deeply influenced by what then reveals as post-truth.

  • Alessandro Ludovico is a researcher, artist and chief editor of Neural magazine since 1993. He received his Ph.D. degree in English and Media from Anglia Ruskin University in Cambridge (UK). He is Associate Professor at the Winchester School of Art, University of Southampton. He has published and edited several books, and has lectured worldwide. He also served as an advisor for the Documenta 12’s Magazine Project. He is one of the authors of the award-winning Hacking Monopolism trilogy of artworks (Google Will Eat Itself, Amazon Noir, Face to Facebook). neural.it