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Monocause. Dialectics of the Post-Truth Era

2017

Interactive sound installation, iOS app

It seems as though in the post-truth age processes of public opinion formation are following more and more the exclusive disjunction of mathematical logic ("either … or …"). Whether in the context of the US presidential election campaign of 2016, so-called Brexit, or the Hamburg G20 protests, post-truthism and false dilemmas polarize society and suggest that only extremes exist that are opposed to each other (for example like/dislike, black/white, rich/poor). For "Monocause. Dialectics of the Post-Truth Era", excerpts from various texts and speeches were collected – including, for example, the doctrine of US President Bush in the 2000s ("you’re either with us, or against us"). With a swipe, museum visitors can express sympathy with or resentment towards people from A like Adorno to Z like Žižek. The swipe gesture thus becomes the equivalent of the "thumbs up" or "thumbs down" hand gestures of Roman emperors at the circus. The interface is based conceptually and in its design on the famous dating app Tinder.