The contemporary artists !Mediengruppe Bitnik sent a parcel to WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange who currently lives in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London. The parcel, which contained a camera, broadcast the journey through the postal system live on the internet. The artists also made a reconstruction of Mr Assange’s room. This piece is particularly interesting, as it has been recreated from memory, as photography is not allowed in the embassy.
As you walk around in the room it feels nothing like an art piece, but as if you’re wondering around someone’s home, which is what it’s supposed to be. The room is so authentic: everything in the room seems real, right down to the phones, computers, alcohol and money, giving you the sense that the room has been lived in.
The artists even added in Adam Harvey's Skylift, a geo-location spoofing device which digitally relocates your device, so when you look at your GPS it will show that you’re at Julian Assange’s residence at the Ecuadorian Embassy in London. I love how realistic this piece is; it changes the dynamic of how art is viewed. It takes you from virtual reality, to something that is 'real' down to your GPS location.
There are many pictures on the Internet of Julian Assange’s room, some of which have Mr Assange it - although we know that no photography is allowed in the embassy... The artists have gone to the embassy in order to recreate this piece, but how do we as the public know if this is what the room truly looks like? This piece follows the theme of the exhibition and I would like to believe it’s real and authentic but - How much of this is fiction?
How much of this is fiction. is showcased at FACT until 21 May 2017.