The internet is neither immaterial – exempt from the mechanisms of value creation – nor equally easy for everyone to access. This workshop provides critical insights into the different requirements and conditions governing our internet usage. Among other things, it shows how online images leave both a digital and an ecological footprint. Our photos, clicks and attention are used as a means to generate capital on social media. Meanwhile, our feeds are purged of problematic or unwanted visual content by algorithms and a human workforce. Social platforms are not necessarily transparent about the rules they play by. How is it possible to counter these systems and lodge a (visual) protest? Drawing on artistic means and examples of internet activism, the students playfully develop their own expressive visual statement fostering an independent approach to dealing with online images.
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