Julian Assange’s Ecuadorian Embassy office is being recreated in Liverpool as part of a new show looking at how information is spread in an increasingly ‘post truth’ world.
Artists !Mediengruppe Bitnik will build the striking life-size reproduction of the Wikileaks founder’s room for FACT ‘s new How much of this is fiction exhibition.
The room is meticulously constructed entirely from memory after several visits made by the artists to the office.
Photographs cannot be taken inside the embassy.
Step inside a recreation of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange’s office (Photo: !Mediengruppe Bitnik)
And while Assange – who champions free speech – is confined inside the London building, FACT bosses point out that visitors to the room will be able to freely walk in and out, and leave again.
How much of this is fiction, opening on March 2, will focus on politically inspired media art to explore “the radical shift in the boundary between fiction and reality in a world increasingly governed by ‘post-truth’ politics.
Other work going on show includes 3D print technology used as a tool for both resistance and documentation following the destruction wrought by ISIS, The Guantanamo Bay Museum of Art and History, and Newstweek – a device which allows the manipulation of news read by other people via wireless hotspots and without their awareness.
Arabian Street Artists’ Homeland is Not a Series (2015) (Photo: Arabian Street Artists)
Meanwhile Homeland is Not a Series is a video by Arabian Street Artists who were invited to add authentic Arabic graffiti to a Homeland TV set but instead used the opportunity to paint satirical and damning phrases in Arabic.
They weren’t spotted until an episode that aired worldwide in October was watched by viewers who could read Arabic, and the political prank became an international media sensation.