In recent years our use and understanding of notions such as truth and reality have been heavily challenged. “White Lies”, “Fake News” and “Alternative Facts” are buzzwords that illustrate how truth might have become obsolete, and needs to be reconsidered.
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.
In 2018 Hackers & Designers proposed to explore the notion of truth by interrogating what the tools and technologies that we are building, using and updating and therefore reaffirming are capable of? Do we really know? Do we need to know?
Fake it! Fake them! Fake you! Fake us!
published by Hackers & Designers
(2019). and it is printed by Riso Printed by Stencilzolder, Amsterdam. Design by Anja Groten, Juliette Lizotte, Heerko van der Kooij. The book was auto-generated using a tool made in collaboration with Heerko van der Kooij that was generating pdf files from html documents. In one command in the terminal we could generate the publication. For each article the script was applying a ramdom number of column between 2 and 6 and was assigning fonts for titles, names and running text from a selection of open source and libre fonts..