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The Ayotzinapa Case: A Cartography of Violence, 2017

Reality Machines - An Art Exhibition on Post Truth

Thu 8 March - Thu 29 March

Alison Richard Building

“Truth” is of no small importance to human affairs, yet it has been and remains a contested category. Its status shifts radically through time, place, religion, discipline— and today, social platform. Truth can be definite and mercurial, divine and political. As secularism, cosmopolitanism and positivism enter a moment of crisis, and as information seems to be ever more available – while also subject to algorithmic modification – anxieties about the status of truth and the transparency of information are on the rise.

“Post-truth” was the 2016 Oxford English Dictionary word of the year, denoting “circumstances in which objective facts are less influential in shaping public opinion than appeals to emotion and personal belief.” The crisis in objectivity that this new word unveils has been accompanied by an unprecedented proliferation of homemade images that excel the art of “remixology”, the “practice of recombining preexistent content”. These images result in often-fake contents that circulate both virally and ephemerally online. The “post-truth phenomenon”, however, is not only fuelled by low-tech and intimate creativity, but also by technologically sophisticated and politically driven techniques of image creation, alteration and destruction. These sustain electoral agendas, responses to catastrophe and affective relationships to powerholders.

While fake news has a long history, its contemporary currency has been enhanced by the ways in which new biopolitical regimes, from genetic testing to big data, confront more entrenched epistemes. These regimes are potentially capable of bypassing old forms of expertise and knowledge production. The ethical and aesthetic significance of this shift in the status of “truth” is pending critical debate, as is art’s response to the current wave of iconographic politicization, conspiratorial fears, and data skepticism. Reality Machines addresses this “knowledge controversy” while intersecting it with the work of artists from a multiplicity of countries working as activists, social critics, and human rights advocates.

Artists:
Alejandra España (Mexico) | Alejandro Luperca (Mexico) | Angelo Ferreira (Portugal)| Camila Moreiras (US & Spain) | Charles Ogilvie (UK) | Forensic Architecture | Joana Moll (Spain) | Máximo Corvalán (Chile) | Rafael Lozano-Hemmer (Mexico & Canada) | Virginia Colwell (USA)

Cost: free

Ages: All ages

Enquiries and booking

No need to book.

Enquiries: Judith Weik Website Email: jw571@cam.ac.uk Telephone: 01223760488

Timing

9:00am-6:00pm on weekdays from Thursday 8 March until Thursday 29 March

All times

Thu 8 March 9:00AM - 6:00PM
Fri 9 March 9:00AM - 6:00PM
Mon 12 March 9:00AM - 6:00PM
Tue 13 March 9:00AM - 6:00PM
Wed 14 March 9:00AM - 6:00PM
Thu 15 March 9:00AM - 6:00PM
Fri 16 March 9:00AM - 6:00PM
Mon 19 March 9:00AM - 6:00PM
Tue 20 March 9:00AM - 6:00PM
Wed 21 March 9:00AM - 6:00PM
Thu 22 March 9:00AM - 6:00PM
Fri 23 March 9:00AM - 6:00PM
Mon 26 March 9:00AM - 6:00PM
Tue 27 March 9:00AM - 6:00PM
Wed 28 March 9:00AM - 6:00PM
Thu 29 March 9:00AM - 6:00PM

Venue

Address: Alison Richard Building
All floors
Sidgwick Site
7 West Road
Cambridge
Cambridgeshire
CB3 9DT
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