Fictional Journal

Fictional Journal

design installations, interventions, and performances responding to the current societal phenomenon and state of propaganda



Fictional Journal presents Issue 02. Propaganda with written, performed, filmic and algorithmic design interventions responding to the current societal phenomenon and state of propaganda. With the acousmatic sound installation The Talking Machine (2017) by sound designer Paul Devens, alongside performances of an Empty Orchestra (2017) by duo MAGMAH (Gabriel A. Maher & Isabel Mager). Contributors online include Gali Blay, Coralie Gourguechon x Fabrica, Rui Gilman, Anja Neidhardt, Paolo Patelli, Foundland and Benjamin Loyauté.

Questions of propaganda have become urgent. Propagation of movements, ideologies and opinions are assisted by the development of algorithms, online news media and social media. These become ever-differentiating echo chambers in which information, ideas and beliefs are amplified and repeated in increasingly enclosed systems. How does design contribute to the structuring of flows of propaganda? What does design propagate – and what should it propagate?

Published by Fictional Collective, Fictional Journal is a platform and an online publication for design theory and practice navigating societal contexts of design. In 1–2 issues a year, the journal opens up a theme for investigation and action through commissions and open calls. Each issue consists of a range of contributions from text-based to image essays, illustrations, film, objects, performances and interventions. The issues will function as platforms for physical events, such as exhibitions, symposia, workshops and performances. In 2016, Fictional Journal published Issue 01. Joy, investigating design in the context of abstract threat and fear.


Curated and edited by

Heini LehtinenSophie Rzepecky and Teresa Palmieri

Graphic design

Gabriela Baka


Julian Gerke 

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