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REFF, RomaEuropa FakeFactory

REFF, RomaEuropa FakeFactory

What happens when people create a fake cultural institution and they transform it into a meta-brand, something that anyone can use as long as they share a common ethical approach? This is what happened at REFF, the RomaEuropa FakeFactory.

REFF is a fake cultural institution whose objective is to create real global cultural policies and to provide tools for the methodological reinvention of reality. Born as a fake of an existing italian institution, it used the techniques of remix, mash-up, recontextualization and re-enactment at institutional level to suggest in a radically pragmatical way new models for the creation of significative cultural policies.

The fake institution has been officially recognized by the Cultural Commission of the Italian Senate, by the European Union and it has been listed among significative initiatives on digital cultures by the Arts Council of the United Kingdom.

REFF produced a book, an augmented reality drug and an international youth program focused on the systematic reinvention of reality.

About REFF

REFF Queen

REFF Queen

REFF is a fake cultural institution enacting real policies for arts, creativity and freedoms of expression all over the world.

REFF was born in Italy in 2008. Since then it continuously operated using fake, remix, reinvention, recontextualization, plagiarism and reenactment as tools for the systematic reinvention of reality. Defining what is real is an act of power. Being able to reinvent reality is an act of freedom.

REFF promotes the dissemination and reappropriation of all technologies, theories and practices that can be used to freely and autonomously reinvent reality. To do this, REFF established an international competition on digital arts, a worldwide education program in which ubiquitous technologies are used to create additional layers of reality for critical practices and freedoms, a series of open source software platforms and an Augmented Reality Drug.

REFF collaborates with art organizations, student groups, research institutions and all other subjects wishing to promote the freedoms to reinvent their world. REFF has received several official recognitions worldwide: it was hosted in the Cultural Commission of the Italian Senate, and was an official initiative of the European Community’s Year of Creativity in 2009.

Read the REFF Book.


ELMCIP, in Edinburgh, discussing Electronic Literature as a Model of Creativity and Innovation in Practice
Reinvent Reality at FADfest, a conference on Open Design and Shared Creativity, Barcelona
FakePress Publishing at MFRU Festival in Maribor present REFF
Innovation and Art in Bolzano: REFF and the augmentation of reality
Squatting Supermarkets and REFF featured on Memefest
REFF on RomaCreativa
REFF AR Drug @ the Invisible Pavilion at the Venice Biennale
REFF AR Drug exhibits and actions on Hacker Journal
REFF Augmented Reality Drug at the Casoria Contemporary Arts Museum
An augmented reality drug at the Casoria Contemporary Arts Museum
REFF on Tour
REFF on Tour. Ancona, Osimo, Macerata
Workshop at Queen Mary University with self-org
An Augmented Reality Drug
Workshop at the Courtauld Institute
The Black Horse
REFF in London - the opening @ Furtherfield
REFF - workshop at Writtle College, Feb. 21th 2011
REFF - workshop at Westminster College, Feb. 22th 2011 (
REFF - workshop at Westminster College, Feb. 22th 2011
REFF Augmented Reality Drug
REFF - radio show at Resonance FM, Feb. 16th 2011
REFF @ Southbank University in London
REFF in London @ Goldsmiths University with Furtherfield
REFF, Bruce Sterling, Jasmina Tešanović, student movements, design fiction and the reinvention of reality
Bruce Sterling and Jasmina Tešanović present REFF
REFF, an augmented reality drug, part 1
Remixing Rome with REFF and Shoot4Change
REFF RomaEuropa FakeFactory on La Stampa
REFF, RomaEuropa FakeFactory: next step
REFF RomaEuropa FakeFactory, iPad version
REFF RomaEuropa FakeFactory: the Book. @ Share Festival / Artissima
REFF, RomaEuropa FakeFactory: critique, arts, culture, publishing and augmented reality
REFF interview at Joy Ito's lectio magistralis organized by Capitale Digitale
REFF on Wired
report: RomaEuropaFAKEFactory @ LPM 2009
RomaEuropaFAKEFactory @ LPM2009
RomaEuropaFAKEFactory - REFF.erence report
REFF.erence - RomaEuropa FAKEFactory conference and launch event
Orson Welles - rejected from the RomaEuropaWebFactory Prize
REFF: say what?
Andy Warhol - rejected from the RomaEuropaWebFactory Prize
William Burroughs - rejected from the RomaEuropaWebFactory Prize