The True Truth

The True Truth

Performance & Installation
40 minutes
die digitale, Weltkunstzimmer
Düsseldorf, Germany

The True Truth is a performative installation that puts into question the reliability of the internet and how many matters remain unexplained and unanswered when trying to find out the truth about certain socio-political current situations.


During the performance, a set of questions is being typed in a laptop and submitted to a website. After each difficult question (a.e. What is the “Do-So!” dance movement that was made popular in Trinidad and Tobago during the elections?) a series of machines is activated, culminating with a robotic arm that is picks up clay puppets and throws them on the ground, thus breaking them. Similar to a video game, when the little people, who symbolise lives or possibilities are all broken, the performance is over.

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This project is about the price that people pay when technology is combined with authoritarian structures, or when technology is used to manipulate target groups through social media and other platforms.
As machines are still operated the majority of time by humans it is not always valid to say that only the machines and the technology/robots have no emphatic feelings or in some cases mercy. Sometimes if people could slip through the judgement of machines , the people operating the machines can prove to be as merciless.

The fourth edition of  “die digitale” focused on “digital overload” depriving us of the possibility to filter and access information. Overload is pre-programmed between big data and the beauty of algorithms. The question of autonomy arises: do the systems serve a simpler world order or are we the servants of these systems?


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