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.
- 4 May – 1 Jun 2017, Morley Gallery, London
Post-Truth and Beauty was created by Tim Murray-Browne in collaboration with Aphra Shemza.
Documentation film by Antonino Manola.
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.