Fragments of Future Activism is a deep dive into the history and current state of Cyberspace. This foundation is then used to point out flaws and propose new models of aesthetic, cyber-based activist interventions which are executed within speculative and solely digital projects. By building upon the theoretical proposal “Observations of Contemporary Activism”, this thesis seeks to understand and definde Cyberspace as an abstract concept and entity that co-exists parallel to reality. What is the infrastructure of Cyberspace? Who is the user? What does it mean to exist in a syncronised state of global inter-connectedness? Mapping the web and finding the beauty in a human invention that single-handedly managed to change the entire world was the first task and by critiquing example-led forces that govern the major public space of the Internet, the next phase of Fiction + Intervention is introduced.
Consisting of four projects, CALL TO ACTION, NEWLAND, CyberGau and InterInterNet, these practical
interventions work through a collection of digital means in order to address injustices of the web or point out wrong turns throughout its evolution and development. The activist artefacts are meant to propose new ways of dealing with Cyberspace related wrongs and suggest models that are solely set within the framework of Cyberspace. Somewhere between speculative cyber-activist movements and aesthetic activist artefacts, referencing the history of Cyberspace along the way, these interventions manifest themselves within digital sculptures, web-based buttons, an Augmented Reality application and digital assets.
The final thesis only exists online, it is a thesis within, from and for Cyberspace.