SWERVE / Anna Nazo , Photo Anna Nazo

Digital Undercommons

Royal College of Art, School of Communication (GB)

Data justice and parrhesiastic (truth-telling) embodiment in the contemporary technological landscape.

Parrhesia is defined as speaking truthfully and candidly without fear of reprisal or punishment. Parrhesiastic embodiment can be the act of embodying one’s words and beliefs, of living the truth that one speaks. This can manifest as advocating for social justice causes, sharing personal stories of struggle and resilience, or using technology to share marginalized voices and challenge dominant narratives. It involves a critical engagement with the ways that technology can be used to control and manipulate public communication, but instead using technology ethically to promote freedom, autonomy, and democratic participation.

Our existence is being datified constantly. From the automated creation of digital representations, through to constant production and collection of personal data within surveillance capitalism, to the haunting of our digital footprints, and remote sensing and quantification of Earth’s ecosystems and its life forms. Little personal or civic agency over the influence on the governmentality is permitted us in the aggregation and interpretation of this data.

Digital Undercommons can be seen as fugitive spaces and a set of practices proposed originally to criticize the professionalization of knowledge, expanded to describe public, cultural and civic spaces and discourses whose original common purpose no longer serve those encompassed by or subject to it. It can be understood as radical forms of “oppositional solidarity” from which “emerges neither self-consciousness nor knowledge of the other but an improvisation that proceeds from somewhere on the other side of an unasked question”

  • ≠

    Jeanyoon Choi (KR)

    ≠ radically challenges the notion of equality (‘=’) within algorithms, when a result of likelihood-based generative AI is regarded as (‘=’) a truth.

  • Ex Nihilo

    Ex Nihilo

    Niccolò Abate (IT), Nikita Raina (US), Shaye Thiel (CA/US), Katie Weitzmann (GB), Lyla Zhou (CN)

    Ex Nihilo: “Out of Nothing” addresses storytelling through digital media, merging the five authors’ personal experiences to highlight the political position of the digital landscape through a confrontational Virtual Reality experience.

  • FactWave FM

    FactWave FM

    ShangYunWu (TW)

    FactWave FM: “Where Truth Blends with Trend” is a media and sound art project that delves into the fusion of human and AI elements to create an immersive news radio experience.

  • Fragment of Babel

    Fragment of Babel

    Yun Hyeong Park (KR)

    We live in the age of generative AI Models. The emergence of AI-generated images during the age of Mass Reproduction, like photography during Benjamin’s era, raises questions about the artistic potential of AI beyond its role as a prompt-to-image transition tool.

  • INTER/her


    Camille Baker (CA/GB)

    Journey Inside the Female Body Journey Inside the Female Body is a film of an immersive installation and VR artwork focused on reproductive diseases and pain women experience: endometriosis, fibroids, polyps, Ovarian and other cysts, cervical, ovarian, uterine and endometrial cancers.



    Anna Nazo (CA)

    SWERVE is an art-led research initiative that investigates radically different ethical-aesthetic narrative ecologies, enabling critical cross-cultural ways of knowledge production through innovative storytelling in more than human worlds.

  • the sky is taught by falling, 2023

    the sky is taught by falling, 2023

    Karen Bosy (CA/GB)

    We project our own reading, our own intentions and desires through the images we collect and we read the landscape according to our circumstances.

  • What is your ideal world?

    What is your ideal world?

    Ya Feng (CN)

    This project delves into the intricate interplay between the ideal world (containing utopia) and the real world from a philosophical and sociological perspective.

  • शहर में

    शहर में

    Ojasvani Dahiya (IN)

    शहर में (Sheher Mein – Hindi for “In the City”) is a docufiction short film that illustrates the contradictory tensions between objective representations and subjective interpretations of agency in a developing urban landscape

The Royal College of Art is the world’s leading postgraduate art and design university, providing students with unrivalled opportunities to develop their practice, build their networks, enhance their career and to deliver art and design projects that transform the world.

In the School of Communication, we interrogate the ways that communication shapes our lives and develop new ways of experiencing, interacting and communicating with the world. We conceptualize, craft, are storytellers with animation, data visualization, game design, graphic design, illustration, photography, moving image, through installations, XR experiences, site-specific work, immersive world-building and soundscapes.


This showcase acknowledges the support of the Dean of the School of Communication Kerry Curtis, the Head of the Digital Direction Program Tom Simmons, Teal Triggs Head of the Research Program for financial support. It also acknowledges the curatorial contribution of Lena Dobrowolski and Anna Nazo, and the administrative support of Dieudonnee Burrows, Katrina Preston and Caroline Vulela. The students shown here are from the Digital Direction, Information and Experience Design, and Postgraduate Research programs.