Fake News Generator

Installation, 2019

The Fake News Generator, inspired by OpenAI’s controversial language algorithm, prompts a person to choose between a short series of conditionals in order to produce a custom headline that they can “post” to the the wall. The article headline even comes along with a randomly generated source such as the New York Times, or Buzzfeed: adding just an additional touch of legitimacy to a completely illegitimate statement.

The results are often completely incomprehensible but on occasion make enough sense that they could be perceived to be true. In one iteration, participants were asked to identify which articles were real and which were fake.