The Open Intelligence Lab (OILab) is an Amsterdam-based collective of interdisciplinary researchers. Its efforts concern the scrutiny of (new) political cultures on digital platforms. It attempts to do so by conducting both empirical research, based on digital methods, as well as qualitative research into the history of political thought and the cultural manifestation of political movements. Through combining both ends, the results are often academic in nature, but can also be somewhat artistic. Since data is the new oil, OILab strives to ‘extract’ this source to make sense of new forms of politics in the digital sphere.
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Research on Pizzagate featured in De Correspondent
OILab’s original research on the birth of the Pizzagate conspiracy theory, conducted during the Digital Methods Initiative‘s Winter School 2018, has been featured in an article by Dimitri Tokmetzis in De Correspondent. Read the article here. Read the original research report here.
Essay on non.copyriot.com: “Rude Awakening: Memes as Dialectical Images”
In a second piece with Geert Lovink, Marc Tuters of OILab discusses the use of memes in conversation with Walter Benjamin’s theory of dialectical images. In doing so, it attempts to develop how memes can be understood as a continuation of Benjamin’s mention of ‘genuine images in language’, with the objective “to contemplate this seemingly […]
Marc Tuters on memes in 7Days magazine
Marc Tuters of OILab was recently interviewed by the Dutch kids magazine 7Days, focusing on educational articles for teenagers. Tuters touched on the definition of memes, and their poitical usage. Read the article (in Dutch) below.
‘Deus Vult!’ article on The Next Web
The tech-blog The Next Web republished our article on the (mis)uses of the Deus Vult meme. If you haven’t already – there’s two places to read it now: How the ‘Deus Vult’ gaming meme turned far-right on The Next Web ‘Deus Vult!’: Tracing the Many (Mis)uses of a Meme on OILab
Essay on non.copyriot.com: “They Say We Can’t Meme”
Marc Tuters of OILab co-authored a piece with Geert Lovink on non.copyriot.com. In the light of the discovery that memes can “express tensions that can’t be spoken in the political correct vocabulary of the mainstream media”, Tuters and Lovink provoke the reader to “consider memes in relation to the left’s enduring question of how to […]