Clusterduck is an interdisciplinary collective working in the fields of new media studies, design and transmedia, investigating processes and actors behind the creation of Internet-based content. Clusterduck is a germinal collective intelligence born out of the hybridization of online and real-life interactions. Clusterduck is an attempt to mess with social engineering by means of symbolic manipulation. Clusterduck is a bunch of badass guyz and galz who like to waste time online. Clusterduck is the weird kid staring at you from across the virtual schoolyard. Clusterduck is the incidental manifestation of these messed up times. Clusterduck is contemplating the depths of the Internet.
Over the course of past years, Clusterduck has come to build a large network of digital creators, engaging on research chats, groups and initiatives. Clusterduck curated the online exhibition #MEMEPROPAGANDA, hosted by Greencube Gallery, which was presented at The Influencers Festival (Barcelona), Tentacular Festival (Madrid), IFFR (Rotterdam), Urgent Publishing (Amsterdam, Arnheim), Radical Networks (Berlin) and others. Clusterduck is currently developing Meme Manifesto, a transmedia project that collectively explores the occult meanings and communicative potentials of memetic symbology. The first stage of the project has been developed at IMPAKT (NL) during this year’s EMAP/EMARE residency programme and presented at Ars Electronica 2020. Clusterduck also created the participative exhibition #MEMERSFORFUTURE, investigating the role of memetics in the global climate justice movement. The exhibition has been shown at re:publica 2020 and IMPAKT Festival 2020. The group also participated in the 2017 edition of The Wrong Digital Biennale, curating the Berlin pavilion "Internet Fame" together with panke.gallery, and other digital exhibits such as "Make URL self at Home" at Arebyte On Screen and "Pack Your Stuff" on Offsite Project. Clusterduck is currently composed of 5 founders and regular members, and about 20 collaborators spread among different locations worldwide, but mainly based in Europe.