Foundland Collective reveals an on-going collection of social media evidence related to the conflict in Syria, sharing projects developed in 2012 and 2018. They focus on variable interpretations of media and generally assumed “truth” and how it is dependent on context, framing and intention. A recent case study deconstructs 2018 “chemical weapon attacks”, as they are labeled in Western media, as being an important and complex example, since these events have been the grounds for recent Western intervention in the Syrian civil war, despite there being no confirmed proof. We live in an age where errors in news coverage can have huge consequences. These errors can be caused by deliberate manipulations, out of negligence, or because quality journalism and news reporting are under pressure. By using subjective methods of analysis, they slow down specific key images and details to allow for critical reflection.
Co-produced by Ars Electronica and the Impakt Festival, Utrecht