Installation artworks curated by Tamzin Lovell-Miller

Thoughts on a post-truth evolution.

I hold the belief that art matters. It tells us who we are. Art can be a siren going off to warn us of dangers ahead, or it can be a suspended reaction to events and societal changes, a saturated response.

So who are we now? The world seems to me to be in a ‘post-truth’ daze, riddled with fake news, conspiracies, racism, prejudice and public opinion shaped by emotions unhindered by objective facts.

The term Post-Truth was born in a global political context, its core message being “Facts are negative. Facts are pessimistic. Facts are unpatriotic”. In this context we have watched politicians in the USA, Europe and our own country, push utopian “positive campaigns”, repeating and repeating their talking points, amidst call-outs of lies and corruption by media and independent experts.

Writer Jack Holmes describes the process of what is happening as different to simply telling untruths, now “if you don’t know what’s true, you can say whatever you want and its not a lie.”

So what is next when we can no longer rely on truth, when we no longer need it, or even want it? What is post ‘post-truth’?

When I consider who we are and where we are going as a species; when I consider the meaning of humanity – tolerance, goodness, morality, mercy, consideration – in the context of our seemingly less-tolerant, less-moral post-truth world, I’m thinking could the next phase be ‘Post-Humanity’?

What do you think?

And yes, with the rise of AI (artificial intelligence), I will forgive you for thinking I am looking towards a future after humans are gone, after we have created superior beings and they have superseded us, but that is not what I mean. I am imagining a world in which humans and our politics no longer dominate.

In this fair, we present installations by artists who are in the ‘saturated response’ category, who are engaging their imaginations and their aesthetics to present some intriguing and extraordinary ideas in tune with this theme.

Artists who hint at intelligent nature, at new paradigms in which humans participate. Who invite us to participate, to engage, to see beyond. Who, rather than untruths, present a hybrid real-unreal. I invite you to join us at the Turbine Art Fair and engage with installations that make us think.

Installation artists:

 SAMSON MUDZUNGA – Aeroplane Drum b. 1938

SAMSON MUDZUNGA  Aeroplane Drum Mutobvuma Wood, Fabric, Vellum, Bitumen and Wheels 180 x 190 x 170 cm (70.9 x 74.8 x 66.9 inches)

SAMSON MUDZUNGA Aeroplane Drum Mutobvuma Wood, Fabric, Vellum, Bitumen and Wheels 180 x 190 x 170 cm (70.9 x 74.8 x 66.9 inches)

SAMSON MUDZUNGA  Aeroplane Drum Mutobvuma Wood, Fabric, Vellum, Bitumen and Wheels 180 x 190 x 170 cm (70.9 x 74.8 x 66.9 inches) 2

SAMSON MUDZUNGA Aeroplane Drum Mutobvuma Wood, Fabric, Vellum, Bitumen and Wheels 180 x 190 x 170 cm (70.9 x 74.8 x 66.9 inches)

 

CHRIS SOAL – Stellar Core Remnant 2017

CHRIS SOAL  Stellar Core Remnant Bottle Cap manufacturing, Light 8 x 120 x 8 cm (3.1 x 47.2 x 3.1 inches)

CHRIS SOAL Stellar Core Remnant Bottle Cap manufacturing, Light 8 x 120 x 8 cm (3.1 x 47.2 x 3.1 inches)

 

PAUL SIKA AND CO. – The Boy and the Cauliflowers : Episode 1: Aspiration of a Yelenist

PAUL SIKA AND CO.  The Boy and the Cauliflowers - Episode 1- Aspiration of a Yelenist Transmedia 150 x 400 cm (59.1 x 157.5 inches)

PAUL SIKA AND CO. The Boy and the Cauliflowers – Episode 1- Aspiration of a Yelenist Transmedia 150 x 400 cm (59.1 x 157.5 inches)

 

PAUL SIKA AND CO.  The Boy and the Cauliflowers - Episode 1- Aspiration of a Yelenist. Transmedia 150 x 400 cm (59.1 x 157.5 inches)

PAUL SIKA AND CO. The Boy and the Cauliflowers – Episode 1- Aspiration of a Yelenist. Transmedia 150 x 400 cm (59.1 x 157.5 inches)

 

GABRIELLE KRUGER – Hanging Landscape, Paint becomes art

GABRIELLE KRUGER  Hanging Landscape Acrylic 200 x 200 x 400 cm (78.7 x 78.7 x 157.5 inches)

GABRIELLE KRUGER Hanging Landscape Acrylic 200 x 200 x 400 cm (78.7 x 78.7 x 157.5 inches)

 

GABRIELLE KRUGER  Paint Becomes Plant Acrylic 150 x 500 cm (59.1 x 196.8 inches)

GABRIELLE KRUGER Paint Becomes Plant Acrylic 150 x 500 cm (59.1 x 196.8 inches)

 

JENNA BARBE – Sheathed

Jenna Barbe - Sheathed

Jenna Barbe – Sheathed

 

ODETTE GRASKIE – Human Noise

ODETTE GRASKIE  Human Noise Foam,Fabric stiching 400 x 400 cm (157.5 x 157.5 inches)

ODETTE GRASKIE Human Noise Foam,Fabric stiching 400 x 400 cm (157.5 x 157.5 inches)

 

MANDY JOHNSTON – Reasons For Silence (6-sculpture installation)

Odredek V Steel and Plastic Straws 80 x 106 x 52 cm (31.5 x 41.7 x 20.5 inches)

Odredek V Steel and Plastic Straws 80 x 106 x 52 cm (31.5 x 41.7 x 20.5 inches)

 

 

MARIAN HESTER – The Weight of the dead

MARIAN HESTER  The Weight of the Dead Mixed media 220 x 220 cm (86.6 x 86.6 inches)

MARIAN HESTER The Weight of the Dead Mixed media 220 x 220 cm (86.6 x 86.6 inches)

 

COBUS HAUPT – Fortune Cat I – III

COBUS HAUPT  Fortune Cat I-III Bronze,Steel and Cement 152 x 47 x 31 cm (59.8 x 18.5 x 12.2 inches)

COBUS HAUPT Fortune Cat I-III Bronze,Steel and Cement 152 x 47 x 31 cm (59.8 x 18.5 x 12.2 inches)