Oana Clitan – Future news, official screens

Oana Clitan is born in Romania that is currently based in Rotterdam (NL) and working as an interdisciplinary artist and designer exploring themes like language and contemporary communication influenced by technology and media. Her works are installations, gifs, collages, drawings and other various mediums and use mostly contemporary found imagery. Currently Clitan is working on a research about the transition between communicating with text to communicating with images in online conversations and the use of animated GIFs as rhetorical devices.

Future news, official screens uses past and present news rhetorics to make a speculation about how information will be presented in the future – and by whom. It explores a future scenario where, after a certain event, electrical devices are damaged. This causes the production of new visual content to be momentarily not possible. The only means of visual expression are some rescued materials, which are used by the government to provide information about new developments of the crisis. The installation takes the form of a news station on the street, the news being a more exaggerated form of today’s tendencies to base everything on opinions and emotions rather than facts. Themes adressed are the relationship between private news media, governments and corporations, post truth and the current attitude towards official news, the decaying belief in photographic realism.