Workshop: Credible Fictions – Deceptive Realities
A workshop investigating fake on-line businesses and global corporate conglomerates
“The difference between reality and fiction is that fiction needs to be credible.” -Mark Twain
Oct 2015: esc medien kunst labor Graz/Austria as part of the Steirischer Herbst 2015.
Abstract: In the workshop the artwork “Megacorp.” is used as an entrance point to deeper investigate fake business networks that are created to remain anonymous with the intention to commit fraud. We will explore how fake online identities and company representation are created by using a number of open source intelligence tools (osit). Additionally we will illustrate strategies that activists use to uncover fake companies of criminal organisations. Since these companies appear and disappear rather quickly, the “Megacorp.” collection is an attempt to archive these websites with the intention to create a local dubious repository allowing further investigations.
Thank you Sabina Köfler from radio FRO for your interview about the workshop:
Task 1: Real or Fake? check the website www.start-office.biz and answer following questions:
Look for hints and clues that can prove that the website is real or fake.
Does the page look trustworthy? If not, why?
Are there some unfamiliarities or bad grammar used?
Can I find other information about the company online?
– Contact information:
– Does the website use content copied from somewhere else?
Company HQs from the Megacorp. network are located in the capitals of New York, Los Angeles, London, Madrid, Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Accra or Lagos. During the Megacorp. exhibition, we organize virtual walks to visit some of the addresses and verify if the companies are ‘clones’ of real companies or fake companies. The virtual walk will be documented and will be added to the exhibition in form of a photo series and a video documentation. In this workshop we focused on fake businesses in Germany:
Take screenshots of your map and streetview findings and we include them in the installed work. Please name the companies accordingly. The gathered intelligence and screenshots are added to the installation video: