Synthetic Messenger was a botnet performance that attempted to artificially inflate the value of climate news. Every day the system searched the internet for news articles covering climate change. Then 100 bots visited each article and clicked on every ad they could find.

The performance ran for two weeks, and took place inside of a Zoom call that was available to the public.

Synthetic Messenger was made in collaboration with Tega Brain and was supported by the Goethe-Institut’s New Nature Program, and by the 2021 STRP Festival.