“How to Build a Lie” is a lecture/video by Jamie Allen and Moritz Greiner-Petter, the final part of an apocryphal technologies artistic research project into media objects and technologies associated with “lie detection” and “truth verification”.
The arc of this research includes a physical recreation of a voice stress analysis machine that analyses the self-read audiobook versions of presidential autobiographies, The Lie Machine (2014); a residency with the Media Archeology Lab in Denver, Colorado; a thematic exhibition at Dateline gallery; a publication with Counterpath Press upon which this lecture/video is based. Texts contains excerpts of writing by Ursula Le Guin, Avital Ronell, Paul Feyerabend, Geoff Bunn, Charles Darwin, amongst others. Video materials were culled from various online sources, including “The Old Typewriter”, “Die Wiege des Kinos” and “Der Mensch als Industriepalast”, also amongst others.
“How to Build a Lie” lecture/video was commissioned by the Archaeologies of Media and Technology (AMT) group at University of Southampton, Winchester School of Art (Dr. Jussi Parikka and Dr. Ryan Bishop) for the group’s public launch event, Future Past Tense on October 26, 2016, organised in collaboration with the transmediale festival.
The Lie Machine
Residency with Media Archeology Lab
Exhibition at Dateline gallery
Publication with Counterpath Press
Apocryphal Technologies looks at how technologies and technological imaginaries are created, and specifically at what it means for a technology to “work”. How do things that do not “work” continue to be widely held as “functional” and remain in circulation? “Apocryphal” is a term of derogation for things that are not only of dubious authenticity, but are spurious or false in content, that are not just obscure but have hidden or suspect motives. The term is most commonly applied to biblical texts that deliberately manipulate or subvert canonical narratives.
The Critical Media Lab Basel is an integral part of the Institute of Experimental Design and Media Cultures (IXDM) at the Academy of Art and Design FHNW in Basel. It not only serves both as a physical lab space and a conceptual vehicle to develop a contemporary notion of criticality towards design, media practices and their cultures, but also aims for a playful and experimental proximity of practice and theory.
Archaeologies of Media and Technology (AMT) is a research group that approaches technology and media writ large through their links to science, art, visual culture and critical theory with a strong emphasis on artistic practices. Their work investigates the conditions of existence of contemporary media technologies through design and art, in relation to both contemporary culture and cultural heritage with an eye toward the future.
transmediale/festival annually presents an extensive range of exhibitions, conferences, screenings, performances, and publications to more than 25,000 visitors. Each year, a specific theme provides the framework for hundreds of artists, media activists, researchers, designers, and other creative tinkerers to engage in reflective, aesthetic, and speculative positions in between art, culture, and technology.