Fake it! Fake them! Fake you! Fake us! Publication
Fake it! Fake them! Fake you! Fake us!
In recent years our use and understanding of notions such as truth and reality have been heavily challenged. “White Lies”, “Fake News” and “Alternative Facts” are buzzwords that illustrate how truth might have become obsolete, and needs to be reconsidered.
The long-held idea of images as proof of reality vanished. Washed away by manipulative practices of image production our hyper-visual media streams have become highly subjective and emotional. Authenticity claims to be the new challenge while power structures shift and users become creators.
In 2018 Hackers & Designers proposed to explore the notion of truth by interrogating what the tools and technologies that we are building, using and updating and therefore reaffirming are capable of? Do we really know? Do we need to know?
The 4th edition of the H&D Summer Academy (HDSA2018) was given the title: Fake it! Fake them! Fake you! Fake us!... and calling for taking truth into own hands.
2018 was an also important year for H&D on organizational level. We started rethinking our organizational structure – actively moving away from being a central facilitator to being an instigator. H&D aims to grow and inspire communities and help developing tools and means of self-organization. Therefore the workshops of the 2018 summer academy edition were organized from the idea of a flattened hierarchy. Tutors and mentors became participants, participants became workshop leaders, everyone was taken on the collective venture of shared responsibility, bringing in their own expertise, urgencies and experiences.
While H&D's aim has been cross-disciplinary exchange last year's summer academy focused furthermore on stimulating self-organization and self-initiation, while promoting hands-on learning to enable critical design and developer’s practices. With these shared moments of learning H&D invited participants to discuss and create projects about topics related to information politics, distributed networks and algorithmic publishing. Investigating decentralized models for developing technology such as flat hierarchy wikis, IPFS, non-standard communication protocols, information networks and bot networks. We were eager to engage with the H&D community in practicing and stimulating decentralized and self-determined organizational structures and publishing methods.
By inviting hackers/designers/makers/artists who took part in our activities in 2018 to participate to this publication we propose to establish a critical perspective on truth and accountability in relation to technology, and call for an informed dealing and working with multiple truths. Together we look at the role of technical applications within the de-/construction of truth. How can the tools we build and use shape how we publish and consume media? Who can we trust when the concept of truth has vanished? Can ideas of 'subjectivity' replace the notions of objectivity and rationality? What happens to responsibility and accountability?
Anja & Juliette (Hackers & Designers)
- In Conversation with Nishant Shah
- Adversarial Interfaces by Colm O’Neill
- The Universe of ( ) Images Part 2
- A Fragmented Vision of the World by Roberta Esposito
- When Reality Collapses by Leith Benkhedda
- Light Bytes & Pixel Figments by Lacey Verhalen
- On The Universe of Images by Jeannette Weber
- In Conversation with fanfare
- OMG: build your own self-driving car
- Counter Interfaces
- Nobodies-for.bots II
- In Conversation With Mark Wigley by Ruben Baart
- Work the Workshop
- Cruising The Map by Lucas LaRochelle
- Making Contradictions: An Introduction to Dialectics and Bot Making by Jaroslav Toussaint
- Micro Perspective by Antonin Giroud-Delorme
- States of Being by Leon Butler
- How Many Possibilities Are There in a Weaving Pattern? A Collective Outcome by Celeste Perret
- On Perception and Colour by Biyi Wen
- Media Choreographies: rehearsal series
- RIBL DINNER by Meike Hardt
- On Perception and Colour by Biyi Wen
- A gentle introduction to Wikidata
- Hackers & Designers Coop, 2018 Retrospective by James Bryan Graves
The book was auto-generated using a tool made in collaboration with Heerko van der Kooij that was generating pdf files from html documents. In one command in the terminal we could generate the publication. For each article the script was applying a ramdom number of column between 2 and 6 and was assigning fonts for titles, names and running text from a selection of open source and libre fonts.
Docs → HTML → PDF tool.
H&D book 2018
Script to auto-generate a book from a bunch of documents downloaded from Google docs as HTML files. The script will remove most of the CSS and combine all the documents in one file: build/book.html. Then Weasyprint converts the HTML to PDF.
Make sure you have weasyprint installed as per instructions : https://weasyprint.readthedocs.io/en/stable/install.html
On mac you'll have to install some stuff with Homebrew, so read the guide.
We had a problem with a Cairo version, so we had to force a version with
pip install cairocf==0.9.0
pip install WeasyPrint
And install the other dependencies
pip install pathlib beautifulsoup4
We had locale errors on some machines. Set locale with:
or add those to the shells .rc file
Export the documents from Google docs and place in ./srcdocs
Run clean command
This will place the cleaned documents in ./srcdocs/clean. Adjust as needed.
Run build command
That will generate ./build/book.html & run Weasyprint to generate ./build/book.pdf
Set the output filename by adding
./generate.sh -b --output hdbook.pdf
- Self-published by Hackers & Designers
- Editors: Anja Groten and Juliette Lizotte
- 2019, Amsterdam
All sources referenced in this publication were accessed during 2018.
Design: Anja Groten, Juliette Lizotte, Heerko van der Kooij.
- Stills from HDSA2018 video report by Juliette Lizotte
- Gmap stones by Isabel Garcia Argos
- Planets by Dennis Fechner
- Prototyping Next Senses workshop at Border Sessions 2018 with Next Nature and Smell of Data
- Rubbings made during Lucas LaRochelle workshop Queering the Map during HDSA2018
- Prototypes made during the self-driving car workshop with Formes Vives
- Screenshots of Neural Network remix of Queering the Map quotes by Lucas La Rochelle, made during the workshop of Moritz Ebeling about Machine learning at * HDSA2018
- Screenshots from the Neural Network in the process of learning during Moritz Ebeling workshop about Machine learning at HDSA2018
- Screenshot from Deepfake workshop by Anastasia Davydova Lewis
H&D Summer Academy 2018: Participants: Shailoh Phillips, Anja Groten, Leon Butler, Javier Lloret, Lucas LaRochelle, Jo Caimo, Celeste Perret, Antonin Giroud-Delorme, Juan Arturo Garcia, Hay Kranen, André Fincato, Marcel Goethals, Jaroslav Toussaint, Vera van de Seyp, Biyi Wen, Joel Galvez, Moritz Ebeling, Anastasia Davydova Lewis, Joana Chicau, Meike Hardt, Dorian de Rijk, Selby Gildemacher, James Bryan Graves, Heerko van der Kooij, Juliette Lizotte, Isabel da Costa, Vincent de Graaf and Karl.
With generous contributions by: fanfare, Louis Center, Anastasia Kubrak, Lucas LaRochelle, Lyudmila Savchuk, Hackers & Designers
Universe of [ ] images: Participants and contributors Universe of [ ] images: Leith Behkhedda, Miram Chair, Roberta Esposito, Dennis Fechner, Raphaël Fischer-Dieskau, Isabel Garcia Argos, Sophie Golle, Katherina Gorodynska, Niels van Haaften, Jan Husstedt, Tiziana Krüger, Felix Rasehorn, Lisa Schirmacher, Io Alexa Sivertsen, Jurian Strik, Upendra Vaddadi, Lacey Verhalen Organised by: FROH!, Hackers & Designers With generous contributions by: fanfare, Aram Bartholl, Ilan Greenberg, Adam Harvey, Hay Kranen, Colm O’Neill, Arthur Steiner, Leonardo Dellanoce, Coralie Vogelaar
Thank you: fanfare, Motoki, Atelier 4, Tara’s Keuken
Typefaces: The fonts are randomly chosen from libre fonts designed by womxn found on http://design-research.be/by-womxn/ a project by Loraine Furter. This collection aims at giving visibility to libre fonts drawn by womxn designers, who are often underrepresented in the typography field.
- Riso Printed by Stencilzolder, Amsterdam
- Newspaper pages printed with Print on Paper
Binding: Hennink, Amsterdam
Copy Editor: Rosie Haward
Coordination: Juliette Lizotte