Of art
and technology
9—19 May '24
Braga, Portugal

Online Culture Wars


Galeria do Paço

Free admission

In recent years, online cultures have become increasingly polarised and radicalised, influenced by numerous actors, and amplified by the very features of ubiquitous social networks. From Twitter to Facebook, Instagram, Reddit or 4chan, one of the by-products of online culture wars is the over-politicisation of discussions, products and practices on the internet.  

Online Culture Wars is a map that overlays hundreds of politicised memes, along with influential political figures and symbols, both historical and contemporary. This cartography offers a representation of online ideological and political frictions, integrated into the visual system of a Political Compass meme, which is yet another product of the online universe. 

In the form of a large poster, the map is designed as a discussion starter, intended to visualise and contextualise the ongoing online culture wars. 

This work was developed in 2019 as part of a European Media Art Platform (EMAP) residency at M-Cult in Helsinki (Finland). 

DISNOVATION.ORG is a research collective founded in Paris in 2012 by Maria Roszkowska, Nicolas Maigret, Baruch Gottlieb and Jerome Saint-Clair. They work at the interface between contemporary art, research and hacking. For each project, they bring together a specific team made of academics, activists, engineers and designers.  

Their recent artistic provocations seek to empower post-growth imaginaries and practices while challenging dominant techno-solutionist ideologies. Their research includes artworks, publications and curation.  

DISNOVATION.ORG’s work has been presented internationally at institutions such as the Centre Pompidou (Paris, France), Transmediale (Berlin, Germany), Museum of Art and Design (New York, USA), and the Chaos Computer Congress (Hamburg, Germany). 

Online Culture Wars

This work is supported by IF Export 2024 from the Institut Français, Paris, and the Mais França program from the Institut Français of Portugal.