In Memory of Truth


In Memory of Truth at the Park Avenue Armory in Creative Time's Democracy in America show

In Memory of Truth at the Park Avenue Armory in Creative Time's "Democracy in America" show

We made In Memory of Truth during the lead up to the invasion of Iraq in 2003. The piece had a disturbing prescience, calling to mind the notion that truth is the first casuality of war.

On entering the space, the viewer was confronted by a large digital print of the moment when Andrew Card informed President Bush about the attack on the World Trade Towers.

On a rusted pedestal in front of the wall poster, viewers had to bend over to peer through a magnifying glass. We designed a projection system that projects film images on the head of the pin.

Viewer looking through magnifying glass to see films projected on the head of a pin

Viewer looking through magnifying glass to see films projected on the head of a pin

Taking clips from recent Hollywood war films, we edited a montage of fictional scenes from Pearl Harbor, WWII in Europe, Vietnam, Somalia, among others. They were treated black and white, to have the appearance of documentary footage, blurring the divide between fiction and reality; questioning beliefs and truth.

Montage of Hollywood war films invisible to the naked eye

Montage of Hollywood war films invisible to the naked eye

The soundtrack was edited from local weather reports.

Video Documentation of the installation at the Park Avenue Armory, NYC.