Radio Juxtapoz ep 048: Deep Fake Dada Dive with Bill Posters
Absurdist reality. That just about sums up 2020. Put your head down, turn off the ringer, take a little 20 minute nap, and groggily open an eye to see Kanye West running for president, Donald Trump droning for 15 minutes on leather bottom shoes and scrutinize the twists and turns of a global pandemic that throws roadblocks to every known aspect of public life. Almost nothing about our life 10 years ago even exists now as we slide further and further into a digital reality, as we try and make sense of truth and reality as this evolution swallows us whole.
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There is much confusion about our new technological and digital lives. How does big tech mine personal information, what is a deep fake, what are my rights and what are the laws that protect me?One of the leaders in the art world who is challenging this lack of understanding is British artist, Bill Posters, an activist who spent years on the streets with his "Subvertising" interventions and now famous the world over for Spectre and his series of Deep Fakes that portray the likes of Mark Zuckerberg, Donald Trump, Kim Kardashian and others as true-tellers of the 21st Century. As most certainly... they are not. "My work is about raising awareness of human rights and critically interrogating power relations between corporations, governments, people and the artist," Posters told us earlier this year in our Summer 2020 Quarterly. "With deep fakes, you are operating ethically in a difficult space. There are insufficient laws in place to appropriately protect people’s personal data."
In a wide-ranging and engaging conversation, Radio Juxtapoz spoke with him to learn how graffiti informed his insurgent works on the street through Subvertising and Brandalism, how Posters began to critique and utilize tech in his practice and the ways that activism creates empowerment in the face of Big Tech. "I also think that deep fakes are the perfect art form for our absurdist reality." And that’s a fact.
The Radio Juxtapoz podcast is hosted by FIFTH WALL TV's Doug Gillen and Juxtapoz editor, Evan Pricco. Episode 048 was recorded via Skype from San Francisco/London/Manchester, July 2, 2020. Follow Bill Posters @bill_posters_uk