The Skype connection to the Yes Men in New York failed during the discussion, this is the subsequent interview conducted with Mike
Bonanno of the Yes Men.
Listen to the original discussion here
WEDNESDAY 6 APRIL, 2.30PM
HOCKNEY GALLERY, STEVENS BUILDING
FICTION IN PRODUCTION
JAMIE SHOVLIN, STEVE BEARD, CHRISTOPHER WILSON & THE YES MEN
The collapsing distinction between what is real and what is invented, between fact and fiction and truth and untruth in contemporary and popular culture is having profound effects on the transference and communication of knowledge and information. Artists throughout history have manipulated and used fiction as a method of production and exchange as a way of challenging the viewer’s preconceptions of the everyday. However today, notions of ‘truth’ in a public sense are an increasingly complex idea, with staged reality television and fictional celebrity commodities permeating every facet of popular culture. Whilst the wider public is increasingly demanding 'truth' and 'reality', there is a general acceptance that these truths are often anything but. It is in this context that this discussion seeks to explore the use of fiction within artistic and communicative production.