House of the European History (European Parliament)

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Fake (f)or Real - A history of forgery and falsification

We currently live in a world with a huge amount of (dis)information. Disinformation isn’t something from the last ten years. History is filled with examples of fake stories and objects presented as real. Learn about fakes from the past, decide on publication versus censoring, try to identify fake inbetween real news and avoid getting caught in a filter bubble. Part of the exhibition is an interactive space filled with games and videos where visitors can become fact checkers, decide on what gets published, and play with an innovative 'filter bubble' that explores how social media works.

Visitors catch coloured news bubbles and experience how to get caught into your filter bubble in an impressionistic way.

Play Fake Invaders and shoot at fake news from all news items that appear. Visitors try to identify fake news and get tips on how to check the news they see. Are you a fake news buster?

In the Bad News game, visitors create an online fake identity to get as many followers by posting fake and inflammatory messages. Experience how easy it is to manipulate fake identities, by playing on emotions and by polarising.

Visitors are presented four historical prints with the question: Will you publish or will you censor? Is it fake news or the freedom to print?

By sliding on a timeline historical fake productions are presented over the map of Europe. Backgrounds are explained and showcases with corresponding objects are lit.

"Thank all of you for your great work on this exhibition!”

Joanna Urbanek, Curator, House of European History