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for thinking I am looking towards a future after humans are gone, after we have created superior beings and they have superseded us, but that is not what I mean.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.