2022 Prix Ars Electronica - Honorary Mention for Radicalization Pipeline

The Prix Ars Electronica is one of the best known and longest running yearly prizes in the field of electronic and interactive art, computer animation, digital culture and music. With 2,338 projects submitted from 88 countries, the 2022 Prix Ars Electronica once again presents itself as a central hub in the global network of media art.

Radicalization Pipeline was awarded a Honorary Mention in the Computer Animation category by the international jury of Isabell Avers, Peter Burr, Daito Manabe, Rebecca Merlic, Helen Starr

This is the project description for the Honorary Mention by Ars Electronica:

Theo Triantafyllidis' simulation of a high fantasy riot deploys absurdist humor towards a serious critique of new technology in the service of corporate expansion. It takes its title from the radicalization pipeline hypothesis, a concept that contemporary online media platforms drive users towards extremist political views. At first glance the intricately composed computer animation appears to be an RPG Battle Royale. Over time it reveals itself to be a work of absurdist theater set in a speculative metaverse. The rules of the performance are fuzzy, and the goals are unknown. In this absence of clear rules we indulge in a chaotic clash between orks, MAGA supporters, riot cops, furries, and antifa banding together swinging fists, flags, and axes in a seemingly endless dance of cinematic chaos.

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