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 updated 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 images, video interviews and analysises 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 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.

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:

The Analysis