Issue 2: Shadow of a Doubt

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Interventions, Volume 02, Issue 02: Shadow of a Doubt

The visual character of proof—the notion that seeing is believing—persists in our digital age of endless reproducibility and boundless mutability. Images are shared, reformatted, altered, and remixed as they travel through globalized media circuits, continually reappropriated and recontextualized. Dematerialized and deterritorialized, they move with the flow of global capitalism. As physical space and digital space are increasingly integrated, what does our relationship to reality look like? And, what role can fiction play in illuminating it?

With an emphasis on artists’ projects, this issue of Interventions investigates our post-simulacral condition. Photography and film—traditionally indexical media—document that which never was. Found images are re-appropriated in the creation of a fictive archive. Legends are literalized, rumors are propagated, and fanciful connections are made as artists involve themselves in made-up experiences of real-life figures, constructing narratives using photographic documentation. A parallel universe operates under complementary logic. The icon, the index, and the symbol play semiotic games. Imagined and real landscapes are mapped onto each other. Real and fictional spatiotemporalities are conflated and communication across worlds is enabled by technology.

We now understand truth as a plural construct, acknowledging that no document is a transparent copy and that all representation comprises a set of political relationships. All documents carry the conditions of their own production and distribution: they are traces of their own construction. Uniquely positioned to undermine objectivity, fiction provides a means through which to critically engage the structure of our composite reality.

Carmen Falcioni, Carmen Ferreyra, and Cecelia Thornton-Alson

New York, July 2013


ARTIST’S PROJECT: METAPHYSICAL WINDOW by Heath Valentine

ARTIST’S PROJECT: THE CHIEF ARCHITECT OF GANGSTA RAP by Ilja Karilampi

Suspension of Disbelief: from Simulacrum to Critical Fiction in the Work of Thomas Demand and Pierre Huyghe by Dana Liljegren

ARTIST’S PROJECT: HAZEL, HAZEL, HAZEL, HUT by Matthew C. Wilson

ARTIST’S PROJECT: THE GEDDES INTERNATIONAL by Peter Macapia

ARTIST’S PROJECT: THE WOŌDS by Annie Briard

ARTIST’S PROJECT: INVERT by Ben Hagari

ARTIST’S PROJECT: HONG KONG ATLAS by Zoran Poposki

Social Media: Juan Downey’s Video Trans Americas by Gillian Young

Calle Tomada: The Street in Latin America 

Unlimited Edition by Heath Valentine