Alternate Realities exhibition explores deepfakes, augmented reality and contemporary storytelling

A startling series of "deepfakes" featuring Freddie Mercury, Donald Trump and Kim Kardashian by Manchester artist Bill Posters is one of the artworks in Alternate Realities, a collection of non-fiction stories told through innovative technologies being showcased at HOME from Sat 9 Nov to Sun 17 Nov. Posters – real name Barnaby Francis – collaborated with another artist, Dr Daniel Howe, to create Big Dada, a series of “cautionary tales” where real celebrities appear to be voicing their support for the shadowy big data organisation, Spectre. The works were inserted into social media channels as a digital intervention in June 2019. This work went viral to the point that they caused social media giant to amend their policies regarding deepfake content shared on their platforms. Big Dada was created by the artists as part of a Sheffield Doc/Fest commission,

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