The Artists for Digital Rights Network (A4DRN) is hosting the Artists for Digital Rights Program 2021, a program that invites artists from the Philippines and Indonesia to undergo workshops on disinformation and produce an output that surfaces the complexities of disinformation in their local contexts.

Selected by a jury composed of advocacy workers from the Philippines and Indonesia, the following artists working across different disciplines such as video, photography, performance, creative writing, computer science, and architecture, will be presenting their work in an artistic publication and roundtable discussion to launch at the end of July. The program was made possible by seed-funding from Doublethink Lab (DTL) and Innovation for Change-East Asia (IC4-EA).

Sofia Tantono (Indonesia)

Sofia Tantono is a writer whose works have been published in Anak Sastra, Yuwana Zine (Issues 2 and 3) and Klandestin. Besides literature, her interests span politics and various humanities disciplines from sociology to theology. When not writing, she can be found reading, browsing the internet and keeping herself updated on the news. She can be found on Instagram @sofias.writing and her blog https://sofiatantono.wordpress.com/. For her project, Sofia Tantono will be presenting a short story titled “Our Favourite Liar”, which will explore disinformation as a socio-cultural phenomenon in Indonesia through three epochs in the country’s landscape: Suharto’s New Order, the year before the 2017 Jakarta gubernatorial election and the COVID-19 pandemic. She aims to illustrate how disinformation that benefits powerful groups often festers in an Indonesian civil society distrustful of the government when said disinformation comes from sources purportedly not of large institutions.

Gabriel Brioso (Philippines)

Gabriel Brioso is an interaction designer, visual artist and architect based in Metro Manila, Philippines. He graduated Cum Laude in De La Salle – College of St. Benilde’s (DLS-CSB) BS-Architecture program in 2017. His work operates on the central theme of exploring the intersections of art, architecture, craft, and design. He has been involved in several noteworthy exhibitions during the past years including The Oxymoron of Patterns in the Cultural Center of the Philippines (2015), The 16th Venice Architecture Biennale (2018), and the Authenticity Zero Collective in the Gateway Gallery in Cubao (2019). He has collaborated with DLS-CSB’s Center for Campus Art (CCA) on several exhibitions including The Oxymoron of Patterns (2016), Architecture=Durable (2016), and Naichayu (2017). Gabriel Brioso’s project is a digital AR object: “The Disinformation Interface” which aims to probe the allure of the social media experience in parallel with the underlying withdrawn disinformation structures that operate within it.

Marian Hukom (Philippines)

Marian Hukom is a Manila-based visual artist. A graphic designer by profession and illustrator by craft, she loves making and publishing her own comics. Her books usually range from neon autobiographies, fantasy, slice of life, and also advocacy driven content. Once an avid gig and convention goer, Marian is now a homebody doodling the night away. As a virgo workaholic, she keeps busy with her organizations, multiple hobbies, and ongoing books. Marian Hukom will be working on an autobiographical comic “Screen time”, depicting her own experience with disinformation. With screens flowing as vertical narrative panels, it aims to show a POV of this experience and it’s journey.

Kiki Febriyanti (Indonesia)

Kiki Febriyanti is an artist and filmmaker based in Jakarta, Indonesia. Kiki holds a Bachelor’s degree majoring in Indonesian Literature, she also completed John Darling Fellowship 2015 “Visual anthropology” at the Australian National University, Canberra, Australia and had held artist residency at the International Center of Graphic Arts MGLC in Ljubljana, Slovenia in 2019. Recently her video work took part in the Every Woman Biennial London 2021 exhibition. Her works are focusing on the topics of gender, human rights, and culture. Kiki will be working on her project “Click Bite” which explores the instant consumption habits of people on the internet that cause cyber-bullying.

Waki Salvador (Philippines)

Waki creates experimental work through the different mediums he chances upon – digital, traditional, film, music, and code. He blends these together to create noisy and brash art. Currently, he is focusing on creating net-based installations that explore disruptive aesthetics and themes. Visit him on social media @urlcompost. Waki is working on his project “Constructed Misdirection”, a website that visualizes the descent into the rabbit hole of links being clicked due to disinformation.

Adrian Mulya (Indonesia)

Adrian Mulya is an independent photographer based in Jakarta. A self-taught photographer who explores humanity through pictures. He published Winners of Life (2016), a photobook of Indonesia women who survived the 1965 genocide. He also worked on a collective memory project about his Chinese Indonesian identity So Far, So Close. Adrian Mulya will work on a project called “Serabutan”, exploring the work conditions of people in the gig economy era. The project starts with exploring how the media is glorifying the merger of 2 tech companies Gojek and Tokopedia, contrasting it with the lived experiences of the drivers.

Mariah Reodica (Philippines)

Mariah Reodica is a filmmaker, writer, media archivist, and musician based in Manila, Philippines. Her background as a musician–not formally trained, but ouido,–reflects in her practices of filmmaking and writing. She was awarded the Purita Kalaw-Ledesma Prize for Art Criticism at the 2019 Ateneo Art Awards, and currently maintains the column Platforms in The Philippine Star’s Arts and Culture section. She has been an artist-in-residence at Asia Culture Center, Gwangju (2018); Load na Dito Projects (2020); WSK (2019); and Larga Artist Residency, Silay City (2019). Reodica is affiliated with the COCONET Digital Rights Network and Imagine a Feminist Internet-SEA. Her band The Buildings recently released their second album on Japan-based label Call and Response Records. Mariah Reodica will be working on a written artistic response to the transmission of ideas and conversations via online spaces, taking the internet as more than an abstract appendage to reality, but a public space in itself.

Alfred Marasigan (Philippines)

Heavily inspired by emotional geography, slow television, and magic realism, Alfred Marasigan conducts serendipitous research and transmedial practices in real time. Guided by time as storage, the moment as artwork, and self-evidence as knowledge, he orchestrates live collaborative ensembles of audiences, histories, actions, materialities, agents, and phenomena ultimately as ongoing efforts to create spaces for various makeshift, convoluted, and anachronistic Filipino queer narratives, among them his own. Marasigan graduated in 2019 with an MA in Contemporary Art from UiT Arctic University of Norway’s Kunstakademiet i Tromsø and is a Norwegian Council of the Arts Grantee for Newly Graduated Artists. Currently based in Manila, he is now a faculty member of Ateneo de Manila University’s Fine Arts Department for 6 years. Alfred will work on his project, The B.A.O.A.N.G Directory. The B.A.O.A.N.G (Bertud, Agimat, Orasyon, Albularyo, Nyoroscope, at Gayuma) Directory is a live, developing database of pages dedicated to alternative medicine, folk belief, and contemporary spirituality in the Philippines. Drawing from the garlic (bawang in Tagalog and bawang putih in Indonesian) as method, it ultimately seeks to remap the potential roots of cultural resistance to standard counter-disinformation strategies and present time-tested yet left-field approaches to online truth-seeking epistemologies.

Christina Lopez (Philippines)

Christina Lopez is a 25 year old visual artist based in Manila. Her contemporary art practice ranges from the traditional sense of image production to methods more involvedwith new media. She is interested in the capacity of art to present alternative possibilities; to theorise, to test certain boundaries that are currently in place. There is specific intent to explore power, including its relations, structure, and implications. Recently, she has been producing work that utilizes paranoia as a tool for divination, one that navigates through the obfuscation omnipresent in the production and dissemination of new technologies. The forms she chooses to represent these concepts often involve digital-physical fusion, reflecting that the virtual is inseparable from material realities. By grasping at what is seen and unseen progress is viewed as something that is neither good nor evil, and arguments are presented with commitment to what the future could be. Her work can be found inside and outside of privatised spaces and institutions. She has exhibited in Hong Kong,UK, and the Philippines. She shares her ongoing project: “I will be working on a new iteration of my previous work titled “Portraits (Proxies)”, with a renewed focus on the delineation between humans, trolls, and automata. I am particularly interested in how one can decide and establish what is real from that which is not real in terms of identity and being, and whether or not this delineation should exist in the first place. The work will still make use of StyleGAN generated portraiture, and alongside I will work with a text generation GAN to create ‘profiles’.”

Mirjam Dalire (Philippines)

Mirjam Dalire is a multidisciplinary artist based in Negros Oriental, Philippines. She works with photography, internet-based installation, video, sound, and painting. Mirjam often uses virtual spaces as a staging point for confrontations with her immediate environment, employing satire and humor in her process. Mirjam Dalire will be working on her work, “Death of NoSTrAdAmUs_420” which she will be revisiting “The End by NoSTrAdAmUs_420” a video work on conspiracy theories that she made in 2019. In this new project she will be exploring developing local online hoaxes, two years after The End was released.

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