• PHONEY

    Smartphone with self-designed augmented reality platform that translates articles into clickbait and fake news about Trump's immigration policies.

  • PHONEY

    Smartphone with self-designed augmented reality platform that translates articles into clickbait and fake news about Trump's immigration policies.

  • PHONEY

    Smartphone with self-designed augmented reality platform that translates articles into clickbait and fake news about Trump's immigration policies.

  • PHONEY

    Smartphone with self-designed augmented reality platform that translates articles into clickbait and fake news about Trump's immigration policies.

  • PHONEY

    Detail from digitally printed 8-foot mural consisting of articles about people who have been directly impacted by Trump's immigration policies.

“Julia Christensen explores the ways in which systems of technology affect human cognition. Her motivation to realize Phoney arose from the global prominence of fake news during the 2016 U.S. presidential election. In response, Christensen developed augmented reality technology for mobile phones to alter recently published articles about U.S. immigration policy. The headlines and associated images that appear in the photo mural come from articles about people who have been directly impacted by President Trump’s executive order, including stories originating in Ohio. Slowly sweeping the phone over the human interest stories delivers hyperbolic clickbait or falsehoods emanating from the White House on the phone’s screen, showing a disconnect between the people being impacted and the articles that are bolstering official policy. Phoney draws attention to the current administration’s contentious relationship with the mainstream media and how ubiquitous computing changes the way we consume and participate in politics.”     

-Wall text from The First 100+ Days by Christina Vassallo, curator, and Director of SPACES, Cleveland, Ohio

PRESS: “SPACES Takes On Trump’s First 100 Days…” by Steve Litt, Cleveland Plain Dealer, May 5, 2017
“For now, the most engaging work in the show is “Phoney,” by Oberlin College Associate Professor Julia Christensen. At first glance, the work is simply a wall-size compilation of newspaper headlines and photographs highlighting the impact of Trump’s restrictive approach to immigration, which has spread fear through Latino and Muslim communities. But when viewed through the photo app in a pair of i-Phones provided by the artist, the original images – which would be viewed as products of the liberal media by Trump supporters – turn into a collection of hard-right memes attacking immigrants and promoting the president’s line. Christensen’s work is a painful reminder of how the 2016 election left the country bitterly divided and distrustful of authorities and institutions, including the media.”

>>EXHIBITION: Phoney at SPACES Gallery in The First 100+ Days