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The Theatre is Lying: The inaugural Macfarlane Commissions

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Saturday 15 December 2018 - Sunday 24 March 2019

Is the world a stage? Are we all actors in some great narrative?

The Theatre of Lying is first in a new series of exhibitions and features artists Anna Breckon and Nat Randall, Sol Calero, Consuelo Cavaniglia, Matthew Griffin and Daniel Jenatsch.

Laid out in five acts, the show brings together alternative narratives and worlds through illusionary, cinematic and theatrical devices, including installation, misé en scene, historical re-enactment, digital montage and compositions with video, light and sound.

It explores the manipulation of information and images, notions of artifice and illusion, ideas of transparency, reflection and phantasmagoria, and an engagement with the representations and misrepresentations of cinema and media.

Through the white cube of the gallery and the black box of cinema, The Theatre is Lying proposes the gallery as a transformative threshold addressing ideas of truth and fiction, perception and abstraction, and the warping of time and space.

The exhibition also considers the role of the spectator as an active agent in a world in which we are all actors, and the increasing interplay between subjective and objective, or psychic and social structures.

Curated by Max Delany and Annika Kristensen.

The Theatre of Lying is on at ACCA until March 24, 2019.


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