The Spectacular Times is an ongoing visual inquiry into the presentation of news. It investigates how news, rather than being subjective, is representational of its social, cultural, (geo)political and ideological contexts. The project sets out to lay bare these representations in currently circulating news.

By layering and contrasting different news elements The Spectacular Times re-contextualises news and makes explicit the intangible notions that lie beyond an increasingly universal guise of news reporting. Not in an effort to tell apart true from false, left from right, or right from wrong, but in order to accentuate a variety of articulations of news.

This web based project uses user defined variables to animate news headers, texts and images, which are directly sourced from different news websites world wide. By adjusting these parameters (among which region, scope and speed) the spectator actively perceives how news content is de- and reformed through its aesthetics.

The Spectacular Times is a ongoing collaboration between media artist and programmer Ruben van de Ven and communication designer and cultural anthropologist Ward Goes.

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