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AWARD: Spectre Wins SXSW 2020 Artist Commission

6.02.2020

After an agonising wait I am very pleased to announce that Spectre has been selected for a SXSW artist commission for this years programme. We will be joining 9 other artists and collectives for the exhibition programme in Austin, Texas. We are delighted to receive funding from Arts Council England Future Art & Culture, SXSW, […]

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FEATURE: ‘Spectre’ Short Film Added To British Council Film Directory

30.01.2020

The documentary short ‘Spectre: A Detour Into Dataism’, produced as part of the Spectre projet has been added to the British Council Film Directory. The Spectre short film is the world’s first non-fiction documentary short to embed deep fake technologies as part of narrative story telling. You can view the short film here:   And […]

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INTERVIEW: ‘2020 State of Power Report’, The Transnational Institute

23.01.2020

The Transnational Institute (TNI) is an international research and advocacy institute committed to building a just, democratic and sustainable world. For more than 40 years, TNI has served as a unique nexus between social movements, engaged scholars and policy makers. The TNI state that the Corporation is capitalism’s preeminent institution, dominating our economy, distorting our […]

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EXHIBITION: ‘Big Dada’ exhibiting at The Weizenbaum Institute, Berlin

19.01.2020

We are delighted to announce that Big Dada (2019) will be exhibited at the Weizenbaum Institute, Berlin, as part of the Practicing Sovereignty: Means of digital involvement conference and exhibition from 12th – 18th March this year. The Weizenbaum Institute aims to better understand the dynamics, mechanisms and implications of digitalisation. To this end, the […]

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PRESS: The head of Instagram says company hasn’t taken down a fake video of Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg because ‘the damage is done’

19.01.2020

With all the intense press interest last year concerning the Spectre project, we missed this article by Business Insider in June last year concerning our digital intervention on Instagram that sought to critique their (distinct lack) of policies concerning synthesised media and misinformation. Here is a re-post of some of the content from the article, […]

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PRESS: Bill Posters’ New Media Work Listed In ‘Trends Of The Year’, Creative Review

16.01.2020

The good folk at Creative Review have included Daniel Howe and I’s new media works in their annual ‘Trends of the Year: Creativity & Tech’ list for 2019. Unfortunately we can’t read the article as it’s behind a paywall but we have managed to extract a paragraph in relation to our work creating synthesised personas […]

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AWARD: Spectre Shortlisted for the Aesthetica Art Prize

11.01.2020

Spectre Shortlisted For Aesthetica Art Prize We are delighted to announce that Spectre has been shortlisted for the 2020 Aesthetica Art Prize. Both myself and Daniel Howe will join the remaining 16 artists for the Aesthetica Art Prize exhibition at York Contemporary opening 12th March 2020. This is a huge honour for us both considering […]

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Gallery: Group Show, Centre for Development of Visual Arts, Havana, Cuba, March 2020

22.12.2019

  I’ll be joining a fascinating group of international new media artists for a group show at the Centre for the Development of Visual Arts (CDAV) in Havana, Cuba from 28th March – 16th May 2020. The exhibition entitled Non-Player Character features artists from Cuba, Slovenia, Venezuela, Chile and the UK.   Participating Artists: Vuk […]

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Gallery: Solo show ‘Big Dada’ announced at Art Exchange Gallery, University of Essex

22.12.2019

Solo Show Announced at Art Exchange Gallery   As we round out 2019 it is great to be able to share some news regarding Daniel Howe and I’s first exclusive gallery show entitled Big Dada at Art Exchange gallery, University of Essex. The show opens from 16th January – 8th February 2020. The exhibition will […]

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Award: Spectre Longlisted for Aesthetica Art Prize 2020

19.12.2019

Well this is definitely a nice early christmas present… It is with great pleasure that I can announce that Spectre has been longlisted for the Aesthetica Art Prize 2020 and will feature in the publication Aesthetica Art Prize Anthology: Future Now! Slightly shell-shocked to get the news yesterday as we join the 100 contemporary artists […]

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Interview: Bill Posters on Al Jazeera’s Listening Post

15.12.2019

‘Politics, porn and the toxic world of deepfakes’, Listening Post, Al Jazeera I had the pleasure of being interviewed by The Listening Post’s Tariq Nafi for the December 14th edition of the programme. Evocatively entitled ‘Politics, porn and the toxic world of deepfakes’, the programme takes a good critical examination of deepfake technologies and the […]

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Interview: Bill Posters on James Veitch’s Contractual Obligation, BBC Radio 4

10.12.2019

You can listen to an at times intense and funny interview regarding deepfakes and surveillance capitalism on James Veitch’s Contractual Obligation series on BBC Radio 4 this Thursday 12th December. The episode is entitled ‘Deepfakes’ and is centred on James’ desire to deepfake his producer… Listen online here. Thanks to Laurence the producer for patching […]

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Interview: ‘The artist behind the Boris Johnson and Jeremy Corbyn deepfakes’, Dazed Magazine

15.11.2019

“Politicians and political ideologies have targeted and purposefully eroded the trust in journalism. Our ways of understanding the world around us and our relationship to others have been systemically decimated” – Bill Posters My latest project in collaboration with Future Advocacy has been receiving some good press interest after we used deep fake technologies to […]

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Interview: Prophet or puppet-master? Meet the man behind the Zuckerberg deepfake, Digital Trends

15.11.2019

Huge thanks to Maya Shwayder from Digital Trends for the in depth interview and the interest in the ways in which my practice interrogates some of the most pressing issues of our time. Below is an excerpt with the full interview available via the link at the end. Bill Posters is a former street artist […]

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Feature: BBC News embedded throughout making of ‘Partly Political’ Broadcast deep fakes

13.11.2019

I am please to be able to reveal that for the past 4 weeks, myself and my team have been working with BBC journalist Catrin Nye and the team from Victoria Derbyshire’s BBC morning news and current affairs programme to document the process of creating synthesised video content. Using a range of creative processes and […]

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PRESS RELEASE: ‘Deep Fakes’ of UK Politicians Call for Policies to Combat Misinformation

12.11.2019

‘Partly Political’ Broadcasts use AI synthesised personas of Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Leader of the Opposition Jeremy Corbyn to raise awareness to lack of regulation concerning misinformation online. AI synthesised videos depicting Boris Johnson and Jeremy Corbyn endorsing each other for Prime Minister have been released by Bill Posters and the Future Advocacy think […]

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Feature: Spectre added to MIT Docubase Lab

27.10.2019

Spectre has been added to the MIT Docubase Lab, a curated database of the people, projects, and technologies transforming documentary in the digital age. They believe that documentaries play a vital role in our democracy and culture and that today’s technologies and techniques offer creative possibilities for expression: the promise of new voices, and the […]

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Interview: Artist Profile in The Economist’s Latest Film

26.10.2019

‘Could Deepfakes Weaken Democracy?’ – The Economist Films   I’m pleased to be able to share the latest film from The Economist’s ‘Now & Next’ series entitled ‘Could Deepfakes Weaken Democracy?’. The short film features an artist profile of my work and the work that myself and Daniel Howe have been doing concerning the artistic […]

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Gallery: ‘Big Dada’ showing at HOME, Manchester, UK

24.10.2019

In November both myself and Dr Daniel Howe will be showing Big Dada as part of the Alternate Realities exhibition at HOME gallery in Manchester UK. Big Dada is a series of ‘deep fake’ moving image works that were inserted into social media channels as a digital intervention in June 2019. Big Dada is part […]

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Exhibition Catalogue: ‘Art Strikes Back’

19.10.2019

Huge thanks to curator Christian Madsen at Museum Jorn for sending the ‘Art Strikes Back’ exhibition catalogue with a lovely note inside. Also a very kind reference from Christian to Spectre in the introduction to the catalogue – indeed ‘the avant-garde will not give up!’. There are also essays from some great writers including Mark […]

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Interview: ‘Protest By Design: The Creatives Performing Acts of Political Sedition’, Design Week

15.10.2019

“Graphic design has always been there as a servant of the protest”     The good folks at Design Week have interviewed me alongside Jonathan Barnbrook and Led By Donkeys as we implore designers to learn from history and find space to perform pointed acts of political sedition today using the power of their creative […]

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Interview: Live on BBC Radio 4 Today Programme

11.10.2019

You can catch me on the BBC Radio 4 Today programme discussing the Spectre installation and the ‘Big Dada’ series of deep fakes that went viral on Instagram this year as we successfully managed to troll one of the largest tech giants on earth. Raising important questions in the process concerning how computational forms of […]

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Gallery: ‘Big Dada’ exhibited at ‘Art Strikes Back’, Museum Jorn, Denmark

10.10.2019

‘Big Dada’ (2019) is now on show at Museum Jorn in Denmark as part of the Art Strikes Back exhibition running from 15th September – 8th December 2019. ‘Art Strikes Back: From Jorn to Banksy’ Art as a watchdog for freedom of speech and democracy. The pivotal point is the artistic strategy of the “détournement”, […]

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Feature: ‘Spectre’ profiled in Rankin’s guest issue of The Drum magazine

30.09.2019

The Drum’s October issue is guest edited by renowned photographer Rankin, who takes a look at the subject of honesty. The result is “Sell Me the Truth”. From whistle-blowers to big data to creativity and the climate crisis, this provocative edition of the magazine takes a long hard look at the advertising industry in the […]

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Interview: How Worried Should We Be About Deep Fakes?, BBC World Service

27.09.2019

You can hear my contribution to the latest episode of Trending on BBC World Service from tomorrow. The programme includes contributions from Hao Li, myself and others as we explore the creative and political implications of deep fake technologies. You can stream the episode here. Programme Synopsis: Recently an app called Zao zoomed up the […]

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Gallery: New work showing at ‘Art Strikes Back’, Museum Jorn, Denmark

13.09.2019

Art as a watchdog for freedom of speech and democracy Both myself and Daniel Howe will be showing a new piece of video art entitled ‘Big Dada’ (2019) as part of the ‘Art Strikes Back: From Jorn to Banksy’ exhibition which opens 15th September 2019 at Museum Jorn in Silkeborg, Denmark. ‘Art Strikes Back’ is […]

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Interview: ‘On Deep Fakes & Transparency’, Creative Review

12.09.2019

The Role of Art in Understanding Complex Changes in Politics & Tech   Really pleased to see an extended version of an online interview I had with Creative Review in June now in print form for the latest August / September issue. Unfortunately access to the online article is behind a paywall so I’ve included […]

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Talk: Spectre @ MUTEK 20, Montreal

10.08.2019

In a little under 2 weeks time I’ll be joining some fascinating artists and thinkers at MUTEK Montreal, Canada for the 20th edition of the MUTEK festival. I will be presenting 2 presentations as part of this years programme. The first covers my most recent work interrogating computational propagandas and the logics of Dataism and […]

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Essay: ‘THEY LIVE / YOU WILL’

26.07.2019

I wanted to share an updated version of an essay that appears in ‘THEY LIVE: A Visual & Cultural Awakening’ as the publication is sold out now and I feel there is more to say on the matters that are explored in the original essay. It is also good to make these things less exclusive […]

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‘The Zuckerberg Deepfake Heard Around The World’

20.06.2019

On the 1st June, myself and Daniel Howe released ‘Big Dada’ – a series of 5, AI generated ‘deep fake’ artworks into Instagram’s algorithms. Released as a digital intervention and an extension of the Spectre project’s detournement of the Digital Influence Industry, our approach was to use AI and ML to hack and subvert the […]

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‘Spectre: A Detour Into Dataism’ Short Film Released. World’s First Non-Fiction Short Using Deep Fake technologies

18.06.2019

It’s a little strange to be writing these words. ‘Spectre’, my latest installation in collaboration with Danie Howe became one of the world’s largest global press stories of the past week which centred on a viral AI generated artwork of Mark Zuckerberg as a ‘deep fake’. We always set out to detourne many aspects of […]

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Interview: ‘Deep fakes: Can we believe anything we see online?’, Channel 4 News

16.06.2019

I had the pleasure of being interviewed on Channel 4 news for a short feature concerning deep fake technologies and why Daniel Howe and I created the Spectre project.   Our series of deep fake artworks were released onto Instagram as a digital intervention to challenge their policies concerning misinformation online. One of these artworks […]

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Gallery: ‘Spectre’ Launches ( Press Release)

29.05.2019

Spectre, a new art installation by Bill Posters and Daniel Howe, is poised to reveal the secrets of the Digital Influence Industry, but only if you are willing, as the artists say, to ‘pray at the altar of Dataism with the Gods of Silicon Valley’. Spectre premiers at Site Gallery, Sheffield, as part of the […]

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Award: Bill Posters wins Sheffield Doc/Fest ‘Alternate Realities’ £20,000 commission

17.04.2019

I’m incredibly pleased to finally announce that myself and fellow artist Dr.Daniel Howe have won the Sheffield Doc/Fest Alternate Realities artist commission for 2019 for our collaborative installation entitled Spectre. We are delighted that we were selected by the international panel of judges comprised of representatives from Sheffield Doc/Fest, Site Gallery, British Council, MUTEK and […]

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Interview: Hate Zine’s ‘Activist of the Month’ – Bill Posters

7.02.2019

Hate Magazine have kindly selected me as their activist of the month which kicks off the year nicely. You can head over to their (independant) platform to read an indepth interview that covers subvertising’s past, present and future.The interview also releases a few previously unreleased details of Brandalism projects, as well as a deeper explanation […]

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BOOK: ‘THEY LIVE: A Visual & Cultural Awakening’, 30th Anniversary Release

13.12.2018

Various authors. Foreword by John Carpenter. Edited by Craig Oldham   In homage to the film that launched a thousand street art careers, Rough Trade Books is releasing They Live: A Cultural & Visual Awakening – a 30 year anniversary publication in homage to John Carpenter’s classic cult film: THEY LIVE! The book includes an […]

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Feature: ‘Lay Mordaza Me Obliga’ – In conversation with Valtonyc @ Brooklyn Street Art

6.12.2018

‘All art is political.’ – Valtonyc   Brooklyn Street Art have featured an extended article that explores my recent intervention in Barcelona entitled ‘Lay Mordaza Me Obliga’ / ‘The Gag Law Made Me Do It’. Through some back channel communications it was possible to connect with Valtonyc – the Catalonian rapper currently in exile in […]

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Gallery: ‘Distress Call’ unveiled at ‘Intervention’, HCSC Gallery, London

2.12.2018

Bill Posters has unveiled a new installation entitled ‘Distress Call’ as part of his work that is currently on display at ‘Intervention’, a group show of over 30 contemporary street artists at HCSC Gallery, London.     ‘Distress Call’ Medium: Steel, cotton tape Dimensions: variable 2018 A distress signal indicates that a person or group […]

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Gallery: ‘Intervention’ Group Show, HCSC Gallery, London

24.11.2018

‘Intervention’ November 30  – December 22   Bill Posters will be showing a new installtion at ‘Intervention’, an exhibition of over 30 contemporary artists (including works by Paul Insect, Peter Kennard and Cat Phillips, Aida Wilde, Mobstr and Helen Bur) which opens in the gallery at East London’s new artist-hub and studio workspace: The Hackney Creative […]

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‘Waste World’ – A #BlackFriday Project

22.11.2018

‘Waste World’   Released on #BlackFriday, Bill Posters’ latest project ‘Waste World’ interrogates the impacts of Fast Fashion and consumer waste with a series of subvertising installations. Timed for release on the biggest global retail event of the year, ‘Waste World’ looks at the true impact of the world’s rubbish – from clothes to plastic […]

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Campaign: ‘Waste World’ Teaser released

21.11.2018

‘WASTE WORLD’ Turn that volume all the way up… Bill Posters new video drops tomorrow just in time for #BLACKFRIDAY Full video released: Friday 23rd November Follow Bill on Insta to see the full video tomorrow: @BrandalismProject #WasteWorld Music By: Georgia – ‘Intro’ Film By: Standby Studios  

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Feature: BSA Film Friday – ‘Lay Mordaza Me Obliga’

17.11.2018

The fine folks at Brooklyn Street Art have featured the short film of Bill Posters’ latest interventions in Catalonia on their weekly BSA Film Friday rosta. Head over to BSA to see ‘LayMordaza Me Obliga’ and the other moving street art films that have been selected this week. Here’s the link.

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Campaign: New ‘Waste World’ intervention seen in Manchester, UK

14.11.2018

A new advert for Nike has been spotted in Manchester… In support of @newinternationalist magazine’s latest issue, Bill Posters is interrogating the impacts of Fast Fashion and consumer waste with a series of subvertising installations to draw attention to the core issues. This campaign looks at the true impact of the world’s rubbish – from […]

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Campaign: ‘Waste World’ subvertising seen in Brixton, London

6.11.2018

Bill Posters continues his ‘Waste World’ subvertising campaign with an installation in Brixton London. In support of @newinternationalist magazine’s latest issue, Bill Posters is interrogating the impacts of Fast Fashion and consumer waste with a series of subvertising installations to draw attention to the core issues. This campaign looks at the true impact of the […]

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Campaign: Bill Posters launches ‘Waste World’ – a new series of subvertising installations across the UK

27.10.2018

In support of New Internationalist magazine’s latest issue on Waste, Bill Posters has been taking the issues and conversations covered in the magazine into the streets of the UK to interrogate the reality and impacts of consumer waste in the spaces and places where we all consume. Bill Posters says that “this unique series of […]

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Intervention: ‘Ley Mordaza Me Obliga’ / ‘The Gag Law Made Me Do It’

26.10.2018

  ‘You can’t limit art’ – Valtònyc   Portrait in Exile 1 – Valtonyc Catalonian rapper   Portrait in Exile 2 – Anna Gabriel, Former spokes for Catalan pro-Independence campaign, Former parliamentary deputy for Catalonian CUP Party     ‘Ley Mordaza Me Obliga’ / ‘The Gag Law Made Me Do it’   Intervention duration: 3 […]

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Feature: Editorial artwork for New Internationalist magazine

19.10.2018

New Internationalist is a leading independent media organization dedicated to socially conscious journalism and publishing. They are proud to be a multi-stakeholder co-operative co-owned by their workers and in August this year they approached Bill Posters with the opportunity to contribute an editorial artwork in support of their latest issue ‘The Dirt On Waste’. We […]

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Gallery: ‘YOU WILL’ unveiled at Artmossphere III Street Art Biennale, Moscow

5.09.2018

  ‘YOU WILL: A Detour Into Dataism’ Bill Posters has unveiled his latest body of new works entitled ‘YOU WILL: A Detour Into Dataism’ at the Artmossphere III Street Art Biennale held at the Winzavod Centre for Contemporart Art in Moscow, Russia. 25 years ago, AT&T’s prescient 1993 ad campaign entitled ‘YOU WILL’ launched the […]

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Gallery: Bill Posters @ Artmossphere III Street Art Biennale, Moscow

26.07.2018

Bill Posters joins a rosta of 40 international public realm artists selected from over 300 entrants to exhibit new works this August at the Artmossphere III Street Art Biennale in Moscow, Russia. The exhibition of street wave artists will present works by all artists created during an art-residence in Moscow. The main project of the […]

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