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

Augmented reality, iPhone, mural

“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

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