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MAJA BAJEVIC
Hide and Seek, 2017
Light bulbs, lamps, headphones, extension cables, metal, scaffolding, controller box
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The starting point for the sculptural installation "Hide and Seek" (2017) is the phenomon of "post-truth" that emerged in 2016, mainly in connection with the current political situation in the USA. It describes political thinking and action revolving not around facts, but around the emotional effect of a steement, especially on one's own interest group. The centerpiece of the installation is a translation machine. The machine uses a hub created by hackers to randomly pull information from encryped networks, which is then translated into Morse code. Various types of light bulb are hung on a metal framework, each relaying different messages via Morse signals. Thematically, this piece picks up on the problems of the much-cited "information society", which is on the verge of drowning in a flood of unverified reports and is faced with the challenge of scrutinizing the veracity of today's news. This search for "ture" information thus becomes a game of hide and seek.
After Wikipedia: "In 2016, "post-truth" was chosen as the Oxford Dictionaries' Word of the Year, due to its prevalence in the context of that year's Brexit referendum and U.S. presidential election."
The term 'Post-Truth' - "Relating to or denoting circumstances in which objective facts are less influential in shaping public opinion than appeals to emotion and personal belief.", although present for some time (first time appearing in a text by playwright Steve Tesich in The Nation, 1992), is nowadays more and more in use. While the "truth" has become adoptable to personal political and social goals, thus a non-truth, the true truth that is supposed to be available to all in democratic societies is harder and harder to find. Not only does it demand a will to look for it but also certain skills of where and how to look, again, not available to all.

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