Misheardpedia

Misheardpedia was a misheard version of Wikipedia. Wikipedia is the world’s most famous archive of knowledge and, in a way, a description of our world; but it relies on quantity and not on quality. We know it contains errors, partial interpretations, unverified information and so on, but still it’s our first help when we want to retrieve some knowledge. We trust and hope that what we are reading is a precise, exhaustive and objective analysis of reality.

http://www.misheardpedia.com went offline on February 8th, 2019. The YouTube live stream and the website were discontinued one year later.

You can still view recorded videos of the process of translation on the YouTube channel.

(Recording of the translation process)

Misheardpedia was a website which contained machine-misheard versions of Wikipedia pages. Misheardpedia wanted to question such mediated models of knowledge and visions of reality proposed by the World Wide Web, also raising awareness about the fact that the virtual realm may be piloted by companies, and that the information that appears on a computer screen is not always what users find, but what search engines want them to find.

Workflow_Misheardpedia.jpg

Misheardpedia was conceived as a hybrid a work between net-art, sound-art and hacktivism. Misheardpedia was realized by Alessandro Perini with the help of IT-developer Muhamet Ademi. The work was produced for SPOR festival 2016 (Århus, Denmark) and will run for an indefinite time starting from the 12th of May 2016. It was exhibited at the gallery Rum 46 between the 12th and the 15th of May.

Subsequent exhibitions took place in Malmö (Inter Arts Center), Lund (Lund University) and Edinburgh (Art As Activism).

If you are interested in re-coding this project from scratch, please contact the author.

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