The Universe of ( ) Images Part 1

Part 1 – Amsterdam

The long-held idea of images as proof of reality vanished. Washed away by manipulative practices of image production our hyper-visual media streams have become highly subjective and emotional. Authenticity claims to be the new challenge while power structures shift and users become creators.

Within two 48 hour workshops we explored the shift of construction and perception of 'truth' in visual culture. Images and videos that long served as pieces of evidence, can now be modified by technical means and thus be manipulated in visible as well as invisible manner. At the same time our use and understanding of the notion of truth and reality has heavily changed. 'White lies' and 'alternative facts' are buzzwords that illustrate how truth is about to turn into a subjective concept. Meanings and images are being tweaked to gain power, sympathy or trust.


Together we look at the role of technical applications within the de-/construction of truth. How can the tools we build and use shape how we publish and consume media? Who can we trust when the concept of truth has vanished? Can ideas of 'subjectivity' replace the notions of objectivity and rationality? …


We invited young journalists, hackers, photographers, designers, filmmakers, programmers and visual makers to two weekends of experimenting, exploring, questioning, hacking, designing and publishing. The course will be led by the Dutch initiative Hackers & Designers from Amsterdam and the German non-profit organisation Froh! from Cologne. Together they built a team of journalists, designers, artists and hackers. They were joined by Hay Kranen and Coralie Vogelaar for input and guidance. The project was running on two weekends and in two cities.

Participants of the workshop were: Leith Behkhedda, Miriam Chair, Roberta Esposito, Dennis Fechner, Raphaël Fischer-Dieskau, Isabel Garcia Argos, Sophie Golle, Katherina Gorodynska, Niels van Haaften, Jan Husstedt, Tiziana Krüger, Felix Rasehorn, Lisa Schirmacher, Io Alexa Sivertsen, Jurian Strik, Upendra Vaddadi, Lacey Verhalen, Klaus Neuburg, Juliette Lizotte, Anja Groten and Jeannette Weber.

This first weekend was kicked off with a public symposium.


  • Friday November 23

6–9pm Kick off Symposium at fanfare with Arthur Steiner and Leonardo Dellanoce, Colm O’Neill, fanfare

  • Saturday November 24

10am–6pm workshop at fanfare Guest class by Hay Kranen introducing us to his Face Tool.

  • Sunday November 25

10am–4pm workshop at fanfare Guest class by Coralie Vogelaar introducing us to the online tools she uses in her work to analyse images.

Dennis' experimentations

Jan's experimentation

Io's experimentation using Kim's images on wikipedia in all languages and organising them by color

Juliette, Jeannette and Anja's investigation on what makes Kim pretty according to the algorithm translating the image

Jurian's installation

Workshop kim.gif
Katherina's investigation on Kim's recognition from an algorithm perspective

Spelling errors.png
Lacey's translation of Kim into characters!

Screen Shot 2018-11-25 at 12.01.14.png
Leith's analog face recognition markers

Lisa's 3D exploration


Raphaël's experimentations

Raphaël's Kim poster

Schermata 2018-11-25 alle 12.04.38.png
Roberta's manipulations to read Kim's emotions

Tiziana's investigation on weapon's imagery

Sophie's algorithmic sound translation of Kim taking a selfie

Find all the tools used with Coralie here and Hay's face tool here.

Look at the second part of the workshop that took part in Cologne in December and discover the outcome of this workshop : HERE!

The project The Universe of [ ] Images is funded by Fonds Soziokultur and Fonds voor Cultuurparticipatie