Elaine Robson will introduce Postfactualism for this months theme on Thursday 4th August from 7pm at Stills.
As we progress through referendums, leadership elections and are bombarded with the USA presidential candidate races, the “truthiness” (Colbert Report) of facts as they are presented to us becomes more and more in question.
Looking through Adam Broomberg’s instagram he reposted a quote from the comments section of a Brexit story in the Financial Times which went viral. The quote seems to define the next era, how we move beyond the age of postmodernism into the era of postfactualism.
Nicholas Barrett posted – “…Thirdly and perhaps most significantly, we now live in a post-factual democracy. When the facts met the myths they were useless as bullets bouncing off the bodies of aliens in a HG Wells novel. When Michael Gove said ‘the British people are sick of experts’ he was right. But can anybody tell me the last time a prevailing culture of anti-intellectualism has lead to anything other than bigotry?”
I’ll be taking a non-partisan look at how images are used to form and support the stories being told by politicians and public figures – often at the expense of verified facts. I hope people will bring in images of their own coverage of events or examples of “truthiness” and postfactualism in action.
If anyone has particular images from the press they would like mentioned please email a link.
Please donate £3 directly to Stills on the night to help them maintain the gallery.