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Post-Truth and Beauty

Interactive sound and light installation

Post-Truth and Beauty aims to create a sensory experience analogous to the ungraspable nature of ‘truth’ by presenting partial glimpses into an abstract world of light and sound.

Visitors are invited to interact with the work one at a time by entering into the speaker ring. Light and sound both change in response to where the viewer’s head is positioned. Different parts of this world are revealed as the viewer moves their head and changes their perspective.

The work responds to a descent we’ve felt since Brexit and Trump across the political spectrum into tribalist discourses of labels and ‘othering’. People seem increasingly certain that their own perspective grants them the real truth, while finding shallow reasons to dismiss those who disagree with them: out of touch, uneducated, elitist, victims of disinformation. Post-Truth and Beauty aims to provoke questions about how evidence and truth relate to perspective, authority and power. Where do we draw the line between subjective and objective reality, and why?

Created in collaboration with Aphra Shemza.

Post-Truth and Beauty - interactive audiovisual installation by Tim Murray-Browne and Aphra Shemza. A participant experiences the combination of coloured light and 3D sound while interacting with the work through moving their head position. Post-Truth and Beauty - interactive audiovisual installation by Tim Murray-Browne and Aphra Shemza. View of the overall audiovisual installation Post-Truth and Beauty - interactive audiovisual installation by Tim Murray-Browne and Aphra Shemza. A participant interacts with the audiovisual installation. Behind, the rods glow a deep purple as they extend from the wall. Post-Truth and Beauty - interactive audiovisual installation by Tim Murray-Browne and Aphra Shemza. A participant contemplates while interacting with the immersive audiovisual installation. Post-Truth and Beauty - interactive audiovisual installation by Tim Murray-Browne and Aphra Shemza. View of a participant entering the interaction space to explore the work. Post-Truth and Beauty - interactive audiovisual installation by Tim Murray-Browne and Aphra Shemza. View of a participant interacting with the work as a part of the audiovisual immersive experience. Post-Truth and Beauty - interactive audiovisual installation by Tim Murray-Browne and Aphra Shemza. View of the glowing rod structure extending from the wall.
Post-Truth and Beauty - interactive audiovisual installation by Tim Murray-Browne and Aphra Shemza. Portrait of Aphra Shemza touching the glowing rods
Post-Truth and Beauty - interactive audiovisual installation by Tim Murray-Browne and Aphra Shemza. Portrait of Tim Murray-Browne within the sculptural rods of the interactive work

Exhibitions

  • 4 May – 1 Jun 2017, Morley Gallery, London

Team

Post-Truth and Beauty was created by Tim Murray-Browne in collaboration with Aphra Shemza.

Documentation film by Antonino Manola.

Acknowledgements

Commissioned for The Engine Room at Morley Gallery, Morley College London.

With thanks to Camilo Salazar, the team at Morley Gallery, Mike Harrison, Jamie Howard, Tadeo Sendon, Delfin Ortiz, Natalia Franklin-Pierce, Jan Lee, Harry Murdoch, John Murray, Maddalena Vatti, Christopher Dickens.