winners honorary mention 2011
Who trusts information today? Private interests and lobby group have free rein in the selection and distribution of news. Newstweek is a device for manipulating news read by other people on wireless hotspots. Built into a small and innocuous wall plug, the Newstweek device appears part of the local infrastructure, allowing writers to remotely edit news read on wireless devices without the awareness of their users.
Newstweek can be seen as a tactical device for altering reality on a per-network basis, signalling a word of caution, that a media-defined reality is a vulnerable reality. Along the course of news distribution there are many hands at work, and digital distribution offers a growing opportunity for the manipulation of opinion, from source to destination.
Julian Oliver (NZ) is a New Zealand critical engineer based in Berlin. His projects have been presented at many museums and international electronic-art event.
Danja Vasiliev (RU) works with digital systems, machines, networks and software. In recent years his research has been aimed to the relationship between physical- and hyper- realities.