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

The Persuadables


Galeria do Paço

Free admission

The omnipresence of social networks in the daily life of contemporary societies has given rise to new types of practices, new forms of expression and new means of collectively organising protest and discord. In this context, the manipulation of public opinion through social media platforms has become a critical threat to public and collective life.  

The Persuadables is a video that focuses on the political instrumentalisation of the tools, techniques and infrastructures of the web. It belongs to the same period of work by the DISNOVATION.ORG collective that includes Online Culture Wars, also presented in this INDEX.  

In The Persuadables, the Paris-based collective pays particular attention to the social media influence ecosystem, and the online manipulation of opinion. Along the same line, it also exposes some of the practices broadly used for online propaganda, as well as the creative responses they have provoked in civil society.  

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).  

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

The Persuadables