Dates: 02/03/17 - 21/05/17
Times: All Day
How much of this is fiction:
Exploring the radical shift in the boundary between fiction and reality in a world increasingly governed by ‘post-truth’ politics.
At the heart of How much of this is fiction. is the desire to address one of today’s most urgent political issues: a radical shift in the boundary between fiction and reality in public discourse, in a world increasingly governed by ‘post-truth’ politics.
As well as acting as a timely reflection on the nature of truth in a time filled with fake news, misinformation, and tactical propaganda, the show also serves a historical purpose. Many of the high speed media interventions in the show are to a degree legacies of ‘Tactical Media’: a cultural and political movement that flourished briefly in the late 90s. Tactical Media was the first to combine the power of art, the practices of the PR and advertising world, and an experimental approach to digital media, to mount hit-and-run interventions in the media sphere.
How much of this is fiction. will show how the legacies of this DIY media movement remain all around us. Whether it be the social media meme tactics of political extremists, the live streaming of police shootings to social and mainstream media platforms around the world, Trump’s midnight tweets, the exposure of the surveillance state through Snowden’s actions, or information unveiled by Wikileaks, it is clear that the critical role of “do it yourself” media politics is as crucial as ever.
Highlights include 3D print technology used as a tool for both resistance and documentation following the destruction by ISIS, a striking, sculptural 1:1 reproduction of Assange’s office at the Ecuadorian embassy, and a hoax from The Yes Men hinting to the shooting in Orlando and the response and attitude of the NRA, by stating on a fake online store that handguns will be donated to at-risk American citizens in the urban center of their choice, as a next step in the ongoing efforts of the NRA to ‘spread the freedom and security that come from gun ownership, and their commitment ensuring that every American regardless of income can exercise their Second Amendment rights’.