Fake news + alternative information at How much of this is fiction at Liverpool’s FACT, Mar 2 – May 21

28 February 2017

The How much of this is fiction group exhibition is on at Liverpool’s FACT, opening March 2 and running to May 21.

Curated by Annet Dekker and David Garcia in collaboration with Ian Alan Paul, the show features work by !Mediengruppe Bitnik, Morehshin Allahyari, Coco FuscoSuperflux, The Yes Men and UBERMORGEN among others.

The show explores “radical shift in the boundary between fiction and reality in a world increasingly governed by ‘post-truth’ politics,” and will also be accompanied by an opening day of talks by the artists and curators, with a further programme of workshops over the weekend, dedicated to exploring “fake news and alternative facts”.

See the FACT website for details.**

Paul Garrin, in ‘How much of this is fiction’. ‘Man with a Video Camera’, (1988).
Single channel video. Courtesy the artist + FACT, Liverpool.
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Follow @ FACT, Dec 11 – Feb 21

11 December 2015

Liverpool’s FACT (Foundation for Art and Creative Technology) opens a new group exhibition called Follow, running  from December 11 to February 21, 2016.

The group show brings new works by 10 artists, including Cécile B. EvansSimon Whybray, LaBeouf, Rönkkö and TurnerDebora Delmar Corp. and Aram Bartholl, as well as restaged works by Constant Dullaart and Kurdwin Ayub.

The themes of the show tackle identity in the digital age, examining a world in which Instagram and Twitter follows and likes create the feeling (and sometimes reality) of fame. Like Warhol predicted, everyone will have their 15 minutes of fame—except it might be more like 15 seconds.

See the exhibition page for details. **

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Aïsha Devi’s Conscious Cunt @ Houndstooth, Jul 24

20 July 2015

Swiss-born, Nepalese-Tibetan electronic producer Aïsha Devi drops her latest EP, Conscious Cunt, on the independent London label Houndstooth on July 24.

As the newest addition to the British label, Devi—aka Kate Wax, RIP—brings to her hypnotic electronic sound what others have called an air of “spirituality and femininity” and what she has detailed as “sluts, awareness, death, and women in a patriarchal society… enlightenment, violence, resistance, mothers, daughters, consciousness, Guy Debord, Vedas and eternity.”

The trance-like EP is heavily influenced by Devi’s meditation practice and produced in repetitive patterns on a Roland JP 8080 synth that, Devi argues, “basically shaped Euro-dance anthems”. Creating a kind of hypnotic pull, Devi explains in an interview in The Fader how Conscious Cunt takes on the “hypnosis of masses via materialistic icons” and induces a “liberation from dogma and indoctrination through a collective and active trance.”

Stream Conscious Cunt on Houndstooth or on FACT. **

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