In de Tolhuistuin

As If: The Media Artist as Trickster

Dinsdag t/m zondag

14:00 – 22:00


Framer Framed is pleased to announce the opening of the next exhibition, As If: The Media Artist as Trickster, on January 20 2017. Curated by David Garcia and Annet Dekker, in collaboration with Ian Alan Paul (GBmah)

The exhibition As If: The Media Artist as Trickster focuses on politically inspired media art that uses deception in all its forms. It shows the artist as trickster, as a ‘dark jester’, using a variety of hoaxes, hacks and ruses to reveal the hidden workings of power structures and the possibility of alternative futures. At the heart of As If is the desire to address one of today’s most urgent political issues: a radical shift in the boundary between fiction and reality in public discourse, in a world increasingly governed by ‘post-truth’ politics.

Today, across the western liberal democracies, ‘truth’  is increasingly substituted not only by fake news stories, particularly in social media, but also by ever more violent forms of public language and images. It is a world in which impact trumps evidence.

Many of these high speed media interventions are to a degree legacies of ‘Tactical Media’; a cultural and political movement that flourished briefly in the late 90s. Tactical Media was the first to combine the power of art, the tricks of the PR and advertising world, and an experimental approach to digital media, to mount hit-and-run interventions in the media sphere. As Ifwill show how the legacies of this DIY media movement remain all around us. Whether it be Trump’s midnight tweets or the exposure of the totality of the surveillance state through Snowden’s actions and information unveiled by Wikileaks, it is clear that the critical role of “do it yourself” media politics is as relevant today as ever.

Participating artists: Morehshin AllahyariArabian Street ArtistsPaolo Cirio, Coco FuscoPaul GarrinJulian Oliver & Danja Vasiliev, Ian Alan PaulSuperfluxThe Yes MenUBERMORGENWachter & Jud, Ruben Pater