The Engine Room at We Are Robots Festival
Post-Truth and Beauty – Engine Room 2017 Commission
Post-Truth and Beauty creates an immediate sensory analogue of the evolving, multi-faceted, ungraspable nature of truth. It responds to a post- Brexit, mid-Trump descent across the political spectrum into tribalist discourse of labels and otherness.
It aims to provoke the audience to question how authority, power, evidence and truth relate. Visitors are invited into a ring of eight speakers adjacent to a structure of interweaving luminescent rods. Inside, a 3D camera tracks their body to control sound and light. As they move, different perspectives onto an intangible abstract landscape emerge.
The work guides the visitor towards physical positions where the artist has crafted specific perspectives onto the audio-visual scene. These ‘sweet spots’ create a non-linear narrative of partial glimpses into an ungraspable truth
The Engine Room is a Morley College London initiative, continuing Morley’s legacy as a leading centre for experimental music and sound art.