AI Culture Lab

Lunch meetup: Tomo Kihara presents TheirTube

17-12-20 13:00 - 17-12-20 14:00

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Earlier this year, artist Tomo Kihara presented his initial research into the biases we encounter on YouTube at the monthly planet B meetings. During these planet B meetings, scientists, artists and citizens were invited to have a dialogue about the social and ecological challenges of our time. The starting point of each meeting was the artistic work in progress of artists whose research is focused on these challenges. Now, half a year later, Tomo will present his finished project: TheirTube, which also won the Creative Media Award hosted by the Mozilla Foundation this year.

On TheirTube, visitors can choose between different personas such as a fruitarian, a conspiracist, a doomsday prepper or a climate denier, to experience what kind of recommendations people with different world views get when they open YouTube. For example: what does YouTube look like through the eyes of a conspiracist? During this lunch meetup, Tomo will give a presentation about this project coming to life, as well as answer any questions you might have! Waag's Miha Turšič will moderate this session.

Join us for this online lunch meetup on Thursday 17 December from 12:30-13:30 hrs. Attendance is free.


In the work Waag does, the arts heavily contribute to both process and results. The arts help us question, develop, explain, criticise and rethink societal and personal paradigms. Most importantly, an artistic approach can help to make pressing or complex societal issues tangible. As does Tomo, a research-driven designer, who develops products that explore the implications of new technologies in a playful manner. He calls his work playful interventions, as he likes making things that can be inserted in the context of people’s everyday lives, and changes the way people look at the world.