[SOUND ON] We’ve released a short film that explores the motivations and technologies behind the wider 'Spectre' project. Check out a clip here and see the full short film via link in bio! Huge thanks for all the support!
After our art installation went viral on social media and received front page coverage on newspapers, TV and radio stations around the world, reaching from the UK all the way up to the US Senate hearing on the dangers of ‘deep fake’, AI and machine learning technologies, our short film dives deeper into the technologies and artistic ideas behind Spectre ... #deepfake#deepfakes#generativeart#newmediaartists#contemporaryart#shortfilm
Created by artist-researchers Bill Posters and @danyelhau . [LINK IN BIO] for full short film
Filming & Editing: 2EdsBetterThan1 // Soundtrack: @mixhell
‘Spectre’, a new immersive installation that subverts the Digital Influence Industry to tell a cautionary tale of technology and democracy, curated by algorithms and powered by visitors’ data.
Spectre, is an award-winning, immersive art installation that is poised to reveal the secrets of the Digital Influence Industry, but only if you are willing to ‘pray at the altar of Dataism with the Gods of Silicon Valley’. Winner of the @sheffdocfest ‘Alternate Realities’ commission for 2019, Spectre uses many of the technologies and techniques employed by tech giants, advertising/marketing firms and political campaign groups, to show how our behaviours are predicted, and influenced, both online and in the voting booth.
In response to the recent global scandals concerning data, democracy, privacy and digital surveillance, we wanted to tear open the ‘black box’ of the digital influence industry and reveal to others what it is really like.
As part of Spectre, we have collaborated with leading AI technology start-ups including @cannyai, Respeecher and Reflect, to create a range of AI-generated ‘deep fake’ celebrities – including dead and living artists – that push the fields of generative art and digital storytelling to new heights.
Revived as ‘deep fake’ avatars, in both the literal and spiritual senses, celebrities including Kim Kardashian, Freddy Mercury, Donald Trump, Marcel Duchamp and more, will engage audiences in the affective power of computational propaganda and the digital influence industry, where notions of truth and free will are not to be relied upon.
Spectre will be exhibited for the first time at the Alternate Realities exhibition at @sitegallery during the festival which takes place 6-11 June.
I’ll be presenting my latest project ‘Spectre’ at the 20th edition of the incredible @mutekmontreal in Canada this August! Really excited to bring some algorithmically generated art into their programme to explore and interrogate #dataism , #surveillancecapitalism , #art and #technology alongside some incredible artists and speakers. Will post more details soon x #spectreknows
3 5127 April, 2019
Sorry for the silence over the last couple of months... Finally i can share the news that myself, Dr. Daniel Howe and @officeofcraig have been awarded the Alternate Realities exhibition commission worth £20,000 for this year’s @sheffdocfest for a new immersive installation entitled ‘Spectre’. !
#Spectre , which will be part of the Alternate Realities Exhibition at @Sitegallery during the 26th Sheffield Doc/Fest, is comprised of six, 2.5m high ‘black box’ monoliths where audiences can “worship at the altar of #dataism with the gods of Silicon Valley.” Spectre engages audiences with a personalised journey that tells a cautionary tale of computational propaganda, technology and democracy, curated by an algorithm and powered by visitors data!
# Artist statement: “We live in unprecedented times and as a result, must strive to work with others to try to make unprecedented art, that seeks to reveal, interrogate and understand the historic moment of today. Our international team of technologists, academics, designers and developers behind Spectre hope to open up a space for interrogating computational propaganda and the wider digital influence industry itself. Both exert powerful forces on ourselves as individuals, but also on collective society: on the democratic processes that are essential for democracies to function.” .
We extend our thanks to @sheffdocfest , @sitegallery , @britishcouncil , @mutekmontreal , @aceagrams and the team at Alternate Realities for commissioning the Spectre installation.
Click on bio link for full press release!