« Shadow frequency » of the exhibition Digital Dilemma - The Architecture of Trust
At Bureau Europa, Maastricht
From April to May 2019
Escalated Reality draws on recent headlines, philosophical thoughts, and conspiratorial narratives to weave a new layer of information into the exhibition context. By scanning images from within the exhibition catalogue, users were able unlock fictional narratives developed by recurrent neural networks that augment the content. Escalated Reality challenges the overused notion of ‘fake news’ by embracing it as entertainment, using the principles of conspiracy to turn any information into thrilling tales. As we are entertained, we also become aware of the tactics used to manipulate information about real events, questioning the motives of who or what is behind a story.