Feeling some pressure from the timeline, I spent the last weeks narrowing down the story around my project.
Continuing to watch newsreels on various topics and brainstorming possible futures, I’ve made a list of themes I would like to explore in in a more substantial form (or the final project):
- the relation (merging) between private news media and governments – more specifically the way governments use the formats of private news media to promote their agendas, especially in times of war or instability – resulting more visibly or not in propaganda
- the decaying belief in photographic realism due to AI and advenced image editing techniques when it comes to news / information
- the current tendency to not trust official news channels and growing belief that multiple personal accounts of an event on social media can paint a more realistic picture of a situation – and the role of AI/bots in this
- the current tendency to address the viewer with emotional techniques rather than facts in order to sway beliefs in one direction or another
- the possible merging of govenrments and corporations which hold large amounts of personal data
I constructed a future scenario for a video installation: a series of videos exploring how propaganda could work in the future, based on the points above.
However, another question was always on my mind, which I didn’t manage to answer in the previous stages: how to create material ‘from the future‘ using archival images and videos, which are so strongly linked to the past? At this point I might have found the answer, or at least one answer for now: the archival images could be a tool of propaganda, using nostalgia to evoke and idyllic past and a feeling of safety.
I’ve been doing some visual experiments to come up with a tone for a first video and drafting a script, as well as starting to come up with a ‘visual identity‘ for the future news agency which will be producing the videos in the installations.
Having made some decisions on how to proceed brings a new wave of energy and excitement.
Image caption: Oana Clitan, untitled experiment, 2019 using:
left: image from the archive of architect H.P. Berlage [collection of Het Nieuwe Instituut, Rotterdam, Archief (BERL)]
right: 3D rendering using drawing from the archive of Lauweriks, J.L.M. (Johannes Ludovicus Mattheus), 1885-1932, (1864-1932) Inventarisnummer: LAUW100.1, Collectie Het Nieuwe Instituut.