The ‘deepfake’ video ‘Across Capitalism’ depicts a burlesque portrait of Donald Trump reciting the slightly altered lyrics of the Beatles song ‘Across the Universe’. This version is part of the ‘decay series’ that deconstruct the previous representations to produce further readings. For the original content his voice and the video were partially computer-generated with the help of neural networks that were trained with his speech and image patterns. The intention was never to deceive or mislead people with it. It was meant to be a parody, a caricature of a man, and of the world system we all live in. It is clear that the capitalist ’totalitarian economic’ system creates and shapes our world, redefines how we relate to everything, and completely transforms human connections. This also means that slowly, we will no longer be able to influence the way we want to live.
Vilmos Koter (HU)
Vilmos Koter (b. 1982, Miercurea Ciuc/Csíkszereda) graduated from the Art and Design University of Cluj. He had several exhibitions in various countries, including India and others, and he participated in the Geumgang Nature Art Biennial in South Korea. He took part in debates and group exhibitions at Magma, tranzit.ro, Bozar, HAU Berlin, and in art residencies and camps, such as those in Lăzarea, Wongol, Guestroom in Maribor, and Žagare. He collaborated several times with the AltArt Foundation, and he was a member of the Balkan Caucasus Collective. His works research and critically re-interpret aspects of social and political life, but also those of the everyday universe, in the form of art interventions in public space, performative acts, installations, videos and graphic design.