Subjectio is an experimental online storytelling project by digital designer David Veneman and multimedia journalist Pierre Crom. They share a mutual interest in methods used by superpowers to control and manipulate the representation of the truth.
The innovative project examines influences exercised by the West and Russia in Ukraine, Moldova, Transnistria, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, North-Macedonia, Kosovo and Serbia.

Subjectio aims to investigate the methods and techniques used by the West and Russia to steer online discussions during geopolitical conflicts.
Pierre and David explore the boundaries of storytelling using social media and crafted digital tools, uncovering the structure of disinformation and propaganda.

Subjectio will be gradually launched from February 26, exactly six years after Pierre Crom witnessed the very beginning of the annexation of Crimea. On March 18, 2014, Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a decree to officialize the annexation.

Follow Subjectio’s social media accounts where the images, videos and analysis will be published:

Instagram
Twitter
YouTube
Facebook
Medium
Subjectio.org gives access to its social media accounts: Instagram for a collection of 200 photographs, Google Maps geolocating the photographs, a Youtube channel for a series of 7 video-interviews, Medium for texts giving context to the geopolitical conflicts, a Facebook page and Twitter. The content will be released according to Subjectio’s own agenda, on key dates commemorating historical and cultural events, or celebrating statehood days in the countries of interest.
The video-interviews give a voice to local actors such as a drummer in North-Macedonia, a human rights activist in Kosovo, a dance teacher in Ukraine, a shipwright in Montenegro, a politologist in Transnistria, a media expert in Minsk and an artist in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

The structure of disinformation and propaganda on social media will be uncovered by using Subjectio’s elaborate digital tools. An expert in disinformation and fake news will monitor and analyze the evolution of the project.

Subjectio aims to investigate the methods and techniques used by the West and Russia to steer online discussions during geopolitical conflicts. Subjectio.org will give access to its social media accounts: Instagram for a collection of 200 photographs, Google Maps geolocating the photographs, a Youtube channel for a series of 7 video-interviews, Medium for texts giving context to the geopolitical conflicts, a Facebook page and Twitter. The content will be released according to Subjectio’s own agenda, on key dates commemorating historical and cultural events, or celebrating statehood days in the countries of interest.
Subjectio.org will be regularly updated with an analysis about the impact of the project written by Katya Kazanova a Russian linguist specialized in argumentative analysis and epistemology of propaganda.

Pierre Crom mixed his moving images of daily life and various events with the interviews. Space for a own interpretation is given to the viewers, what you hear is not what you see.

Crimean journalist Anastasia Magazova wrote an extended analysis of the geopolitical conflicts in Eastern Europe, and Serbian political scientist Vuk Velebit wrote an analysis about the Russian influences in South-east Europe, both texts to be published on Subjectio’s social media accounts.

David Veneman

David Veneman is a graphic designer and digital artist based in The Netherlands. He works with different kinds of projects including online performance, installation and Internet art. Veneman works is based at the intersection of “social” and social fabric that connects people. The aim of his work is to understand the perception of connections that we encounter online and try to prove that the trust is interfered by the capacities that digital technologies bring us. Thus the companies that provide online communication and distribution of content start to play a key role.

Pierre Crom

Pierre Crom is a multimedia journalist based in the Netherlands. Pierre works intensively on political, geo-political and social issues. His photographs have been published in Dutch and international media. Since 2014, Pierre has extendly documented the war in Ukraine, the annexation of Crimea, the start of the war in Sloviansk, the downing of the MH17 flight, the battle for Debaltseve. His visual investigations have been published in a photobook “War in Ukraine”, an intimate portrait from a country in which socio-economic discontent resulted in a war.
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