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Deepfake video software currently has an unfairly bad reputation. In 2017, a video of Françoise Hardy talking about “alternative facts” in Kellyanne Conway’s voice fueled dystopian anxieties about the future potential of propaganda. More recently, the pornographic applications of the software caused a furor as the r/deepfakes subreddit was banned for the creation and distribution of non-consensual, sexually explicit videos of celebrities.
DeepDenial is a workshop instrumentalizing the campiness of both pornography and propaganda to tackle our current fixation with “post-truth”. News is “fake”, facts are “alternative” but hasn’t the international “arena” always been overrun with political “actors”? The recent hysteria functions as a coping mechanism for a sociopolitical collective fiction we cannot accept. To heal, participants produced their own propaganda porn, returning to the original definition of “fake news”: media satire.
“Fake news”: do you remember when the meaning was something else? Not “Fictional Reality” not “CNN smears” not “Post-Truth” not “InfoWars”. The Onion was “Fake News”. It was subversive media satire in a linear world.
We exist in a culture of narrative and media that increasingly, wilfully combines agency-robbing fantasy mythos with instant technological dissemination – a self-mutating unit of semantics: the spectacle.
Reality apathy is characterised by a conscious lack of attention to news and a loss of informedness in decision-making. Increasingly uninformed electorates could hurt the premise of democracy, while in authoritarian states, monarchs could further entrench control over uninformed and apathetic citizens.
'''What is our obsession really about?'''
Before [http://www.xnast.asia/deepdenial Cloud GPU Request]
10:00 [http://www.xnast.asia/deepdenial-setup/ Earlybird Setup]
VM instance / RDP connection / Software Installation
10:20 [https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/e/2PACX-1vSCDGwfGqYudxO1A2ZWHjtrAlXboxNwuA0AFNq5E6GEuySMF6ixFf1sSajMV1XL4jhYxNJV8tjSB-22/pub?start=false&loop=false&delayms=3000 DeepDenial Introduction]
Collective mediafictions / Lucid existence / Psychographic profiling
10:40 Group exercises
Generating a final project
11:00 [http://www.xnast.asia/deepdenial-extraction/ Extraction]
Video sourcing / Training data & target video preparation / Cleaning aligned data.
11:30 [http://www.xnast.asia/deepdenial-training/ Train!]
~2 hours / Troubleshooting.
11:45 How it works: specs briefing
Terminology / History / Application examples / Counterexamples
12:00 15:55, 27 August 2018 (UTC)15:55, 27 August 2018 (UTC)15:55, 27 August 2018 (UTC)~~more talking
People eating / Computers working
14:00 [http://www.xnast.asia/deepdenial-converting/ Converting]
Prepare Image files / Generate video / Sync Audio
15:00 Project finalization
17:00 Brain washing
Check the workshop tutorial [http://www.xnast.asia/deepdenial here].
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