Off the rails is a research project designed for the 2021 GOGBOT festival in Enschede, gravitating heavily on the blurred line between fake news, disinformation and misinformation. The research project focuses on explaining the difference between each type of false information, as the festival edition aired under the name of „Infocalypse now! – Recalibrate reality“.
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The line between ‚Fake News‘, ‚Propaganda‘ and harmless ‚Misinformation‘ is heavily blurred by mass-media and users in social networks of today. Off the rails is an interactive installation that premiered at GOGBOT 2021 – a creative technology festival in Enschede, The Netherlands – clearing up this unclarity.
Showcasing an immersive fictional disaster followed up by fictional news-flash videos, Off the rails concentrates its effort to clarify the line by having the user decide per video, which type of false information it represents. In a form of social experiment, this data has been anonymously collected and presented afterwards to the user.
Airing under the title ‚Recalibrate reality!‘, Off the rails stimulates its users about being aware of what information source they will use in the future.
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Over five months of in-depth research about false information, the presentation of it within virtual reality and the optimisation for a virtual reality application at a festival has been conducted. Resulting from endless testing sessions and research Off the rails is a state-of-the-art application specifically designed for creative technology festivals such as GOGBOT.
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