The Spectacular Times

This project, realised in collaboration with media designer and programmer Ruben van de Ven, visually investigates the subjectivity of news reporting and broadcasting. It sets out to lay bare different social, cultural, (geo)political and ideological representations of currently circulating news. Visit the online iteration here. The spectacular times is and interactive and ever-changing news feed. By layering, integrating and contrasting diverse news elements, and changing the design in which they are presented, it re-contextualises news at large, and questions the existing formats in which news is presented to the general public.


The feed makes use of a script that utilises user defined variables to animate news headers, texts and images, which are directly sourced from over two hundred news websites world wide. By adjusting these parameters (among which region, scope and speed) the user actively perceives how the presentation of particular news items changes and how it influences their interpretation of the content. The Spectacular Times is accessible online and has been exhibited as an interactive installation.


This project was first developed as part of my Bachelor Thesis at the Design Academy Eindhoven  (December 2013, Cum Laude).

Interactive Installation

Everchanging News Image

© Ward Goes 2018




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