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The Truth is out there… January 5, 2008

Posted by fredsblog in Blogroll.

Should we believe everything we see? Of course not. Fantasy, the distortion of truth and pure fabrication are at the very heart of what makes art art (see rural rebellion post). On the other side of the spectrum there’s the power of the media and our assumption that what we are told has to be the truth. At least that’s what the media want us to believe. So what happens when that trust and honesty in the truth is invaded by artists?

In July 2007, Ztohoven, an artist group in the Czech Republic, tapped into a live broadcast on the state television station and inserted the image of a mushroom cloud in the landscape during a weather forecast. Ztohoven were subsequently  awarded the NG 333 art prize by the Czech National Gallery (a bit like the Turner Prize, with a similar prize fund) for the piece titled ‘Media Reality’. Nice to see art invasions being recognised as serious works somewhere at least. ”This piece—alongside all of the art the group Ztohoven is making – is crossing the border from art into something more social. The artists are trying to escape from the cage of art, and into real life. They would like to influence their own lives, and other people’s lives.”

However, the TV station is taking a rather dim view of it and the artists are facing court charges of “Broadcasting false information”. If proved guilty the artists could face several months in prison.

So just where are the acceptable boundaries of art and truth?  there used to be an adage of “of course it’s not real – it’s Art!”. But when art is constantly striving to challenge the concepts of what is and isn’t real, or even what is and isn’t art, nothing can ever be what it seems.



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