++Opinion robot, propaganda machine or software device?+++++++++++

In view of the forthcoming Bundestag elections, the ongoing speculative design project deals with the much discussed use of political social bots in social networks like twitter and facebook. In order to recognize how we encounter digital and physical chatbots and deal with artificial social intelligence, an installative performance will be developed in cooperation with the Berlin based initiative botswatch. Active social bot chatstreams are live-tracked on Twitter and will be released from the Internet with the help of 10 robotic bodies. Visitors are enabled by the performance to perceive the abstract network reality from an alternative reality. The project aims to raise awareness towards a new instrument for expression.

This project was realized through the support of www.botswatch.de