In the 2018 film Active Measures, the proliferation of fake news, a favoured narrative dictated by former KGB agent Russian President Vladimir Putin, gets exposed as an elaborate network of troll factories in Macedonia. Lies don’t just sell crappy meals in hotels or shoddy phone chargers from China; they managed to help elect the president of the free world. Lies dominate headlines. They can divide, conquer, start wars, destroy lives.
Earlier in the week, a robot brothel was banned from operating in Texas, months after drones flew over Elon Musk’s factory to determine the veracity of Tesla vehicle production. This same week, renowned street artist Banksy shreds his own work after it sold for almost 1.5 million dollars. Given the increasingly plausible deniability of digital age news stories, one wonders, does anything really, actually, matter anymore?
Welcome to the Post-Truth age.
An age where, thanks to powerful new software based on artificial intelligence and deep machine learning, it will be even harder for dogged detectives to sift through the fog of counterfeit realities.
Perhaps it is fitting then, that Cuban artist CB Hoyo lends his remixed artworks alongside Pixel Pancho, Mike Perry and Yoh Nagao over the upcoming Halloween season; a time when masked deception runs rampant. Works will be on display at the GR gallery in New York’s Bowery district. Check out the optimistically titled Fantastic World show Oct. 24 – Nov. 25. Just remember to check for a shredder before making your next art purchase.