Fakenews & Media Manipulation

Roland Schöny
Institute of Fine Arts and Media Art, Digital Arts
2024S, artistic Seminar (SEK), 1.0 ECTS, 1.0 semester hours, course number S05099


The term "fake" gained an enormous presence in news reports concerning the often hair-raising statements by former US President Donald Trump (2017-21). The term also experienced a boom during the coronavirus pandemic as a fighting word against fact-based interpretations of the so-called real.

With industrial messaging platforms for chatbots designed to influence election campaigns or destabilize official politics, instruments have been established to transform democratic public spheres into a hall of mirrors of fakes.

In contemporary art and music, the term "fake" initially had a positive meaning as a stylistic aesthetic moment. Fake was creative imitation. Current digital production methods - especially with AI - create new potential to unhinge the real with deep fakes. The unstable terrain on which fake news and fake as an artistic strategy meet will be examined together in this seminar.

Examination Modalities

Presence, discussion and development of own ideas. Answering three general, content-related questions at the end of the seminar. Presence in the Seminar: 75% Minimum

Material: l is available in the base.


No special prior knowledge is required.

The seminar is based on short sections with lecture characters, discussion, and student participation to introduce specific sub-areas, such as the meaning and origin of the term fake in the context of art and journalism.

After the kick-off meeting, the main topics will be determined and published.

Current material is already available on the base in the run-up to the individual courses.

Key Words

installation, sound sculpture, media installation, magazine, context art, conceptual, printouts, comic, internet art, copy art, radio, computer animation, computer graphics, software, digital imaging, poster, copyright, cultural politics, media art, electronic media


20 March 2024, 12:00–13:00 Seminar Room 33 (preliminary discussion)
11 April 2024, 10:00–13:00 Seminar Room 33 , "ACHTUNG: dieser Termin entfällt aus organisatorischen Gründen und wird später nachgeholt"
18 April 2024, 10:00–13:00 Seminar Room 33
08 May 2024, 10:00–13:00 Seminar Room 33
16 May 2024, 10:00–13:00 Seminar Room 33
23 May 2024, 10:00–13:00 Seminar Room 34 , "Alternative date for cancelled seminar on 11. 4. 2024"

Course Enrolment

From 05 February 2024, 00:00 to 15 March 2024, 09:00
Via online registration

Transformation Studies. Art x Science (Bachelor): Focus! Transformation Areas: Digital Transformation 162/040.10

Transformation Studies. Art x Science (Bachelor): Focus! Transformation Areas: Media Transformation 162/040.50

TransArts - Transdisciplinary Arts (Bachelor): Artistic and art technology foundations: Artistic and art technology foundations 180/002.01

Media Arts: Specialisation in Digital Arts (2. Section): Künstlerische Methodik und Technologie digitaler Kunst: Methoden künstlerischer Forschung 567/202.13

Co-registration: not possible

Attending individual courses: not possible