Digital Earth Symposium: Aesthetic Warfare

In the age of the post truth, join us for a 3-day session exploring the notion of Aesthetic Warfare and question the power of visuals. From A.I. distributing visual propaganda to deep fakes invading our timelines, from new aesthetic strategies of internet activism to art in the age of post truth.

Everyday we see more than five thousand images, around us or on our devices. Artificial intelligences are distributing visual propaganda blurring the lines between what’s real and fiction. Globally, people are being attacked by false imagery, fake video-footage, memes and visual disinformation campaigns with the intention to deceive public opinion. At the same time artists and activists are using aesthetics to fight back in the social and urban environments in order to help us navigate this complexity and to regain a sense of understanding and of human agency.

Detailed program will be announced soon!

The symposium has two components, a closed door co-creating workshop during the day – KNOWLEDGE STUDIO and SYMPOSIUM – an open door evening sessions which includes lectures, performances, talks and panel discussions.

With contributions by: Sajjad Anwar, Heba Y. Amin, Valia Fetisov, Sepideh Majidi, Padmini Ray Murray, Mohammad Salemy, Nishant Shah, Ishita Sharma & Khyati Saraf, Ala Younis.

The event is free, although please attend the event on Facebook.

The event is organized by Digital Earth & Khoj International Artists’ Association



Digital Earth Knowledge Studio is a co-created, co-owned, collaborative space that deploys creative and critical knowledges, strategies, practices, and tactics to develop iterative knowledge frameworks. It invites each participant to choose a concept/keyword/story/case-study/work/practice/process towards a rough-and-ready living knowledge product for further iterative development. Taking artistic work, impulses, practice, research, creation, and making as our point of departure, this knowledge studio proposes to develop a suite of concepts, hacks, stories, and strategies to flesh out this notion of aesthetic warfare and hold (post)truth to power.

To participate in the Knowledge Studio, please fill out this registration form:

Admission is free and requires no prior readings and preparations.

Only 15 spots available!

The details of the Knowledge Studio (location, time, etc.) will be shared with the registered applicants by the 29th of April 2019.


The full program for the public sessions is finally here!

5.30pm – Doors open – you can visit the exhibition by Digital Earth fellows: Khyati Saraf, Ishita Sharma, Sepideh Majidi. Khyati Saraf will lead an exhibition walk through of ‘Idhar Kaun Ayega’
Also on view is Another life is possible, an exhibition by Jithin Lalnr
the first recipient of Khoj’s Artists for Artists’ Grant Recipient.
6pm – Opening notes by Khoj International Artists’ Association
6.15pm – Ala Younis Artist Presentation followed by Q&A
7pm – Refreshments!

5.30pm – Doors open – visit the exhibition!
6pm – Opening notes by Khoj International Artists’ Association & Digital Earth
6.15pm – Keynote speech by Mohammad Salemy followed by Q&A
7pm – Heba Y. Amin Artist Presentation / Performance Lecture, followed by Q&A

5.30pm – Doors open – visit the exhibition!
6pm – Opening notes by Khoj International Artists’ Association
6.15pm – Panel Discussion : Pallavi Paul in conversation with Nayanatara Ranganathan, Padmini Ray Murray and Sajjad Anwar
7pm – Nishant Shah Closing Keynote, followed by Q&A


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