Truth that Lies in Utrecht

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Always looking for something new and innovative, the next  IMPAKT exhibition will be entitled Truth That Lies.

An exhibition with panel discussion about misinformation in the age of information will be held with Keren Cytter, Omer Fast, Harun Farocki, Sharon Hayes, Hrvoje Hiršl & Luis Rodil Fernández, Martine Neddam, Erica Scourti, Mladen Stilinović and The Yes Men.

It will start on Friday 8 February at 15:00 with a Panel Event, War on Facts.

followed at 17:00 till 20:00  with a free exhibition opening which will then continue from 9 February till 17 March, Wednesdays to Sundays 12:00-17:00 t the IMPAKT Center for Media Culture, Lange Nieuwstraat 4, Utrecht


Truth that Lies

Social media sites and search engines are the key ingredients of the change from the manipulative form of propaganda of the past to the prevalence of the Post-truth paradigm of the present. How are words and ideas used to obscure and manipulate? The exhibition and panel discussion of Truth That Lies look at the different political and cultural strategies that have been used in our Post-truth reality and in our recent history. The programme researches the development of Post-truth, how it was used in the past, how it affects personal identity, and what the future would look like if things proceed from here.

Inspired by George Orwell’s prescient novel 1984, the events take the shape of the two agencies in The Ministry of Truth, the propaganda agency of 1984’s dystopian government: the Fiction and the Records Department. The Fiction Department is represented by Truth That Lies, an exhibition exploring a use of language through gesture, manipulation, hate speech, algorithm, propaganda, make-believe or tautology.

The Records Department is mirrored in a panel called War on Facts. This panel will be organized on 8 February, prior to the opening of the exhibition, and it will address misinformation, alternative facts, fake news and information manipulation.

In this way Truth That Lies uses Orwellian “doublespeak” (a language that obscures) as a metaphor for our times, where misinformation is everywhere and its spread is amplified through technology. The programme researches the development of Post-truth, how it was used in the past, how it affects personal identity, and what the future would look like if things proceed from here.

Do you know when you’re being lied to? Learn about methods of misinformation in the age of information.

With the works:

-The Woman with Fifteen Legs (2015) – Keren Cytter

-CNN Concatenated (2002) – Omer Fast

-The Expression of Hands (1997) – Harun Farocki

-My Fellow Americans (1981-1988) – Sharon Hayes (2015) – Hrvoje Hiršl & Luis Rodil Fernández (1996) – Martine Neddam

-The Outage (2018) – Erica Scourti

-My Sweet Little Lamb (1993), Potatoes, Potatoes (2001) and The Praise of Laziness (1993) – Mladen Stilinović

-New York Post Tells The Truth (2009) – The Yes Men

My Sweet Little Lamb (1993) – Mladen Stilinović

War on Facts

A panel discussion about misinformation, alternative facts, fake news and information manipulation organised in relation to the themes of the exhibition Truth That Lies.

Speakers in the panel: Emillie V. de Keulenaar, Sven Lütticken, Florian Cramer and Tomislav Medak (moderator)

What: Panel discussion organised in conjunction with Truth That Lies exhibition

When: 8 February 15:00

Where: Studio T, Kromme Nieuwegracht 20, Utrecht

Coming up:

From now until 3 February – IMPAKT Exhibition: A World Without Us

17-19 January – IMPAKT Event: Future Life Conference

Tuesday 22 January – IMPAKT Event: Nieuwjaarsborrel

Thursday 24 January – IMPAKT Event: Artist Talk Maarten Vanden Eynde

9 February – 17 March – IMPAKT Exhibition: Truth That Lies

21-23 March – IMPAKT Event: Affected Words

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Jon Wilkins

Jon Wilkins

Jon Wilkins is Welsh and lives in England. He is a writer. A Europhile and Remainer, he is a regular visitor to Utrecht and has set his crime novel series in the city.

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