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An International Call for Works Addressing such Concepts as Distortions, Falseness, and Double-meanings.
CALL FOR ENTRIES
Deadline: November 21, 2016
“Language is a virus.” So goes a song by Laurie Anderson, dramatizing an idea originated in a 1962 William S. Burroughs novel. As externalized thoughts, words and their assembly have great power. Being external means that ideas and information carried by words are malleable and vulnerable to corruption. Information travels from host to host in biological ways by way of language. And it comes back to its source, often altered, bringing change through subsequent internalization.
Truth as a concept is absolute by definition. The notion of ‘personal truths’ is an oxymoron. One can only have a relativistic perspective on the truth, a subjective interpretation of what really is. Yet, through consensus, enough relative interpretations combine to operate in effect as truth itself, and are often mistakenly assumed to be irrefutable. (Commonly, philosophers view truth as the correspondence of language or thought to an independent reality.)
What happens when truthful information is altered by the omission of part of the message? What happens for example when a comma is removed from a sentence, or an implication inserted, and therefore the interpretation of an entire otherwise truthful statement is changed? A half-truth is the result, often intended to make what is only a belief appear to be knowledge. Half-truths mislead through the use of truth as a decoy within which rides an intended deception.
According to Wikipedia “A half-truth deceives the recipient by presenting something believable and using those aspects of the statement that can be shown to be true as good reason to believe the statement is true in its entirety, or that the statement represents the whole truth. A person deceived by a half-truth considers the proposition to be knowledge and acts accordingly.”
For this exhibit Manifest is very interested in how works of visual art explore the concept of half-truth. Works submitted may be of any kind and any size, fulfilling the general theme in any way and through various strategies. All media and genre of visual art are eligible.
This theme is very open to interpretation and to any and all visual arts media.
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