FAKE NEWS: "The Troll Factory Project"

This campaign is raising money to create an interactive, immersive art exhibition that takes you inside the workings of a facility that creates and spreads FAKE NEWS know as a "TROLL FACTORY".

However this "factory" will go beyond just a room full of computers and introduce you to "experimental tests" that could one day be used to help create new "fake news" stories.  Please read below to learn more about the project and the artist...


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HOW DOES "FAKE NEWS" START?  HOW IS IT SPREAD? 


"Fake News" is the biggest threat to democracy.  Around the world there are stories being fabricated in "troll factories" and spread by "trolls" and "bots" for the purposes of confusing the public as to what actual FACTS really are.  Whether you refer to it as gaslighting, ideological warfare, disinformation or active measures, they are all one and the same--- LIES.


These "troll factories" are primarily based in Russia but individuals in governments and private companies around the world are fabricating their own fake news and using certain media outlets and social media platforms to spread their lies to more individuals than ever.  These made-up stories are created to help push agendas, discredit individuals or groups, widen divisions and to make it appear that public opinion is more "pro" or "anti" an issue.  Regardless of their intended purpose, in the end they all have the same thing in common---  they are FAKE.


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FAKE NEWS:"The Troll Factory Project" will educate, entertain and inform the public about what actually occurs inside one of these facilities.  Viewers who attend the exhibition will be guided through a series of immersive, artistic installations and visual performances to see up-close how stories are fabricated, cultivated and spread.  From the celebrity to the political, we will follow the thread from conception to delivery of all things FAKE.


Utilizing artistic license this exhibition will go beyond a room full of computers and programers and expand into other areas of research. Think of this "factory" as a "testing lab" in which staff members with varying skill-sets are able workshop ideas and perform experiments that range from those with "potential" to others which appear to be seemingly bizarre.  Nothing will be off limits.


For those unable to attend the "The Troll Factory Project"  in person, there will be ample opportunities to connect on-line.  Through video content, scheduled live streaming events and guest speakers, the goal will be to make this project as accessible as possible.  If the funding goal is exceeded, the possibility of a virtual reality component will also be considered.  Aiming for Spring 2020 and free to the public.

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There is a lot more about this project to share but keeping in line with its theme, its best to leave the rest in secrecy and open to the element of surprise.


It's been said that humor is a good way to deliver a serious message. This project will utilize a touch of that as well as other forms of artistic expression to convey information regarding one of the most serious issues facing the world today.  TRUTH VS. LIES


Thank you in advance for your support.  Without it this project will not happen. 

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PLEDGE REWARDS:
**(any pledge made with HIGHER rewards also receives all LOWER rewards)**

$25 or MORE: 
Artist signed exhibition postcard 

$50 or MORE:
Artist signed exhibition postcard  & Stickers

$150 or MORE:
"Troll Factory" artist signed, screen-print
(Print to order. Limit Ed. 350)  + (plus all rewards above)
(Print will be 11 x 15 inches or larger with subject matter relating to the theme of the show)

$200 or MORE:
"Troll Factory" Merchandise
(surprise package) + (plus all rewards above)

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REFERENCE VIDEOS & ARTICLES:

VOX: How Russian Trolls Weaponized Your Social Media Feed

THE GUARDIAN: Cambridge Whistleblower 

BUZZ FEED: Disinformation For Hire 

NY TIMES: The Agency

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ABOUT THE ARTIST

RAE BK

Instagram 

Brooklyn painter, sculptor and performance artist working in the public space. 

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2019 - Lower Eastside exhibition with artwork utilizing found plastic bags and collected materials
2018 - Exhibited in Coney Island, Brooklyn (carnival games / performers)
2017 - Lived on display inside a NYC storefront window for a month straight
2016 - Opened Exhibition on New Years Eve with DJ Kool Herc
2015 - Turned the basement of a Chinatown butcher shop into a museum
2014 - Exhibition in Ethiopia, Africa inside the home of a local family & fundraiser for new library
2013 - Opened first NY Exhibition inside a East Village bodega


PRESS:

New York Times 
VICE 
Bedford & Bowery 
Fast Company 
Street Art News 
Vandalog 
What Should We Do 
Gothamist 
Hyperallergic 


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RAE BK 
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Brooklyn, NY
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