Designing Truth: From Truth(s) Regime(s) to Exosomatization

July 12, 2023 | 5:34 pm

Designing Truth: From Truth(s) Regime(s) to Exosomatization

Date: Monday, July 17, 2023
Time: 9 a.m. to 5.10 p.m
Location: Jacobs Institute for Design Innovation at UC Berkeley, Room 1
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A one day symposium at the Jacobs Institute for Design Innovation organized by, Networking Ecologically Smart Territories project and Université Paris Lumières.

The aim of this symposium is twofold. Firstly, it will attempt to analyze the problems associated with post-truth (disinformation, misinformation, fake-news, conspiracy theories, etc.) on digital social networks not as the consequence of bad citizen behavior on the networks that should be moderated, regulated and banned, but as the negative effect of the globalizing imperialist strategy of big-tech that does not recognize locality as a variable in expressions of truth.


In response to this analysis, the second challenge will be to promote the figure of the automedia and the creative process of exosomatization in platform design as alternative concept for overcoming the opposition between locality and globality, in order to resolve the political and epistemic tensions grouped under the name of post-truth. The aim is to rethink the concepts and production processes of digital social networks based on the cultural, social and geographical references of a given territory, aware of its singularity and its epistemic limits.


Read the symposium paper for background on the topic.

REGISTER to attend.

Monday, July 17

–  Opening – 9.15am: Igor Galligo (UC Berkeley, NEST,

First Session: Computational capitalism: a politico-epistemic enterprise?
– 9.20am – 9.45 am: 1 talk: Antoinette Rouvroy (University of Namur, FNRS)
– 9.50am – 10.15am: 2nd talk: David Bates (UC Berkeley, NEST)
– 10.20am – 10.30am: Discussant: Anna Longo (CIPH Paris,
– 10.30am – 10.50am: Collective discussion with the audience


Second Session: How can exosomatization territorialized information design?
– 11.00 – 11.25: 1 talk: Ludovic Duhem (Higher School of Art and Design of Valenciennes,
– 11.30 – 11.55: 2nd talk: Noël Fitzpatrick (TU Dublin, NEST)
– 12.00 – 12.10: Discussant: Viviana Lipuma (University Paris 10,
– 12.10 – 12.30: Collective discussion with the audience

Buffet with the public

Third Session: Platform, territory and truth problems: what solutions for UX Design?
– 14.00 – 14.25: 1 talk: Harry Halpin (NYM Techologies)
– 14.30 – 14.55: 2nd talk: Samriddho Ghosh (UC Berkeley)
– 15.00 – 15.30: Collective discussion with the audience


Fourth Session: Is computational capitalism part of the “post-truth crisis”?
– 15.40 – 16.05: 1 talk: Nils Gilman (Berggruen Institute)
– 16.10 – 16.35: 2nd talk: Igor Galligo (UC Berkeley, NEST,
– 16.40 – 17.10: Collective discussion with the audience


Funding Partners

Scientific Partner of UC Berkeley

This project has received funding from the MSCA-RISE program under grant agreement No 101007915