The Multiple Narratives of Post-Truth Politics, Told Through Pictures

Southern, Jack (2018) The Multiple Narratives of Post-Truth Politics, Told Through Pictures. In: Association for Art History - Annual Conference, 5 - 7 April 2018, Courtauld Institute, London.

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The post truth era challenges us to question the veracity of the information we encounter in our everyday, urging renewed consideration of new and emerging ideological positions. The cacophony of images we are continually exposed to through mass media, have an increasingly significant impact on our interpretation of global political narratives and events. This paper considers the way we understand and navigate the images we experience, and how we might decipher authentic, moral, ethical, philosophical and rational debates, in amongst the easily digestible persuasion of memorable soundbites, and high impact images of post-factual politics. What role might the authentic images made by artists play in addressing the most important questions of our politically turbulent times? How do these images resonate differently? How do we read and understand the political narratives in pictures put forward by artists, within the volume and velocity by which we experience digital and online imagery today? As, and the session outline suggests, artists throughout history have used encrypted and complex visual languages to portray the nuanced narratives of their times through images, enriching society with access points to broad and diverse conversations and discourses. Describing key political narratives of the post truth era through images taken from a range of sources, this paper will examine our contemporary image economy, focusing specifically on the way in which the divergent image agendas of mass media are countered and contested by the personal perspective, content, and aesthetic choices narrated through the imagery produced by artists.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Additional Information: Within session - DADA DATA: Contemporary Art Practice in the Era of Post-Truth Politics - Convened by Sarah Hegenbart and Mara-Johanna Kölmel
Uncontrolled Keywords: Visual language; multi-narrative; post-truth era; images; politics; political narratives in pictures; Dada data; contemporary art; digital and online imagery; mass media; REF2021
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Subjects: J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
N Fine Arts > N Visual arts (General) For photography, see TR
N Fine Arts > NX Arts in general
Divisions: Schools and Research Institutes > School of Creative Arts
Research Priority Areas: Culture, Continuity, and Transformation
Creative Practice and Theory
Depositing User: Anne Pengelly
Date Deposited: 23 Feb 2021 10:43
Last Modified: 31 Aug 2023 09:22

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