Working under the pseudonym Bill Posters, Barney Francis is an artist-researcher, author, activist with a critical practice. His work interrogates disinformation, persuasion architectures and power relations that exist in public space and online, often exploring disinformation, propaganda, truth, trust and power. Bill Posters works collaboratively across arts, sciences and advocacy fields on conceptual, intervention, new media, net art and installation-based projects- and has pioneered computational forms of moving-image making that include forms of synthetic media (deep fake) art works.
In 2019, his digital intervention on Instagram entitled Big Dada / Public Faces received global media coverage, and public interest, after going viral and featured AI-synthesised ‘deep fake’ monologues from influencers both past and present. Big Dada was added to the collection of the BFI National Film Archive in 2020. In 2019 Bill Posters founded StudioNeural, a new media and arts production company that specialises in applying emerging technologies and AI to the arts, heritage, TV and media sectors.
Bill Posters is the recipient of Alternate Realities Award 2019, Aesthetica Art Prize 2020 shortlist. His immersive installation Spectre received official selections for Sheffield Doc/Fest 2019, SXSW Artist Commission 2020. Works have been shown at Annka Kultys Gallery, London; Berlin University of the Arts; Museum Jorn, Silkeborg; HOME Gallery, Manchester; Centre for Contemporary Art, Barcelona; Architectural Association; Design Museum and Banksy’s Dismaland.
During his residency he will be exploring outreach and engagement approaches for a new online intervention entitled Eco-Bot.Net that will launch on various social media platforms during the COP26 Climate Talks held in Glasgow, UK.
Read Bill’s blog as he discusses Eco-Bot.Net here.