Fake News from The Art and Politics Bureau
10am - 7pm, 9 June
- When 9 Jun - 9 Jun 2017
UNSW Art & Design Campus, Corner Oxford St & Greens Rd
While journalists, scientists, and denouncers of postmodernism may all rue the contemporary politics of a ‘post-truth’ world, artists might find something refreshing in the recent ‘return of the fake’. Art, after all, relies upon semblance, if nothing else, and many contemporary artists participate in and generate work that is hyperstitial: The Yes Men, Pierre Huyghe, The Museum of Jurassic Technology, AUDINT, and the list goes on.
But what would it mean for art and cultural theory to take on a fake politics? Could or should this be distinguished from ‘genuine’ political art? Do we need new forms of fake activism to counter, subvert and critically analyse the alternative right? What does a critically engaged fake art and politics look and feel like? And how, when practicing fake tactics, do we simultaneously analyse and artistically address new sets of post-truth realities?
Join artists, theorists, and researchers as they explore these issues through talks, panel sessions, performances, temporary installations, and orchestrated conversations that, according to event director, Professor Anna Munster, “tend to the art and politics of the contemporary economy, art, and culture of fake.”
Speakers include; Professor Ned Rossiter, University of Western Sydney; Professor Douglas Kahn, UNSW Art & Design; Dr Michael Richardson, UNSW Arts & Social Sciences; Dr Tim Gregory, UNSW Art & Design; Tom Retter, UNSW Art & Design; Andrew Brooks, UNSW Art & Design; Dr Astrid Lorange, UNSW Art & Design; Dr Lone Bertelsen; Professor Anna Munster, UNSW Art & Design; and Dr Sam Spurr, UNSW Art & Design.
Performances include Con Fabulates doing High Hair Low Brow – A Recital and Chun Yin Rainbow Chan doing Ode to Doctored Dumplings.
This one-day event is hosted by the Art and Politics Bureau based at UNSW Art & Design’s National Institute for Experimental Arts.