How much of this is fiction at FACT

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Maia Gusberti, How much of this is fiction 2014-ongoing. Image by Mark McNulty,

How much of this is fiction at FACT, City Centre, 2 March–21 May 2017, free entry - Visit now

False news has itself been one of the big stories of 2016; FACT’s major exhibition How much of this is fiction is, then, remarkably prescient. Exploring the shifting boundary between fiction and reality in a world of ‘post-truth politics’, this show brings together a selection of artists whose work involves the use of deception, tricks, hoaxes and hacks. How much of this is fiction will include !Mediengruppe Bitnik’s work Delivery for Mr. Assange: Julian Assange’s Room, a close replica of Assange’s room in the Ecuadorian Embassy, as well as site-specific installations and a trailer for a protest film that will never be made.

Organised into two zones – Zone 1: The Newsroom and Zone 2: Guantanamo Bay Museum for Art and History – the exhibition will also trace the precedence of false news back to the cultural-political movement Tactical Media in the late ’90s, including its hit-and-run interventions in the media sphere. As with the best satire, How much of this is fiction doesn’t set out merely to confuse; instead, the works on show are designed to ‘afflict the comfortable and comfort the afflicted’.

How much of this is fiction. at FACT, 2017. Image by Mark McNulty.

How much of this is fiction at FACT, City Centre

2 March–21 May 2017
Free entry