1. POST–TRUTH FICTION
This was made in the workshop of Dennis Gaens during Post-truth fiction #1
ON POST–TRUTH FICTION
The post-truth fiction program offers a critical and collaborative space for rethinking modes of expression of authorship and the political and cultural position of the author. The program responds to two topics: the establishment of narrative systems and the future of authorship.
the establishment of narrative systems
In the 21st century, the timeless desire we have for the narrative form is being abused by marketing mechanisms: companies use storytelling to motivate employees, spin doctors create political lives as if they were a folk epic, and soldiers train by playing Hollywood-conceived video games. Politics is no longer the art of the possible, but of the fictive. This new narrative order of the storytelling machine is a more effective means of oppression than Orwell ever dreamt. The great narratives that punctuate human history – from Homer to Tolstoi, and from Sophocles to Shakespeare – told of universal myths and passed on lessons in wisdom that were the fruit of cumulative experience. Storytelling goes in the opposite direction: It does not talk about past experience. It shapes behaviours and channels flows of emotion. Storytelling establishes narrative systems that lead individuals to identify with models and to conform to protocols. Which in our opinion is a thread to the very fundamentals of diversity.
Remarkably, this is also the way the romantic, bourgeois literature behaves, telling stories of singletons – individuals – as a variation on Robinson Crusoe: the individual is thrown into a strange environment, but if he has the “…” (whatever that may be), it’ll turn out fine. It is a deeply rooted belief in the power of the individual. The result is exclusion and extreme segregation on increasingly smaller levels. The art of telling stories is confining itself to the narrowest of spectrums.
the future of authorship
In this system the author is seen as an isolated figure, a genius inventing the story. Now, because of changes brought on by technology and the Internet, our notion of the writer-genius is out-dated. The prominent literary critic Marjorie Perloff recently began using the term “unoriginal genius” to describe this tendency emerging in literature. Perloff has coined another term, “moving information”, to signify both the act of pushing language around as well as the act of being emotionally moved by that process. The writer is no longer an individual involved in self-expression – it (he/she/they) is a means for society to express itself. A condition resembling the pre-romantic, pre-Gutenberg authors who did not invent stories but re-told them. This programme investigates a new form of authorship that is radically diverse and radically inclusive, in which not only the solitary perspective of the genius author, but a variety of different perspectives come together and are shared. To prevent writing becoming a discipline that has fallen out of step, unable to take part in arguably the most vital and exciting cultural discourses of our time, the project encourages writers to expand their search for ways to write, to propose new structures, to engage with different processes, and to organize thought-provoking projects that relate to the dynamics of European societies in a complicated global political landscape.
Post-truth fiction is a pilot programme of a new MA Writing at ArtEZ university of the arts.
POST-TRUTH FICTION #1
The first edition of Post-truth fiction took place in 2017 and is an on-going investigative programme. From June 21- 24 2017 the live-event took place. During our first pilot we welcomed people for all over the world – England, Germany, Belgium, Spain, Bolivia, US, Columbia, Mexico, China, Pakistan and the Netherlands – with various backgrounds: science, literature and writing, journalism, information design and radio producing. We gathered at ArtEZ University of the Arts in Arnhem to discuss and investigate the role of fiction in the post truth era, the future of authorship and the possibility of the publishing collective, instead of the concept of individual writer/genius (during the workshops we named this: post ego writing).
Above you can view lectures from the workshop and conference, and answers from participants of Post-truth fiction #1 to the question: What is the future of authorship?
POST-TRUTH FICTION #2
Post-truth fiction #2 will take place in 2018. In the first edition of Post-truth fiction we explored the writing & publishing collective. In the second edition our main focus will be on transmedia, interdependent publishing and creating human – Artificial Intelligence narrative interfaces. Keep an eye on our website and our Facebook page for all the latest developments, updates on the program, and on how to get involved/sign up. Or send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org, cc email@example.com.
Post–truth fiction #1 is a pilot programme of the new MA writing at ArtEZ university of the arts. The Master will start in 2018.
Produced by ArtEZ writing departement & literair productiehuis Wintertuin
Initiated by Frank Tazelaar (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Project coordination: Elke Decates (email@example.com)
Communication: Roos Muis (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Programme committee: Monique Warnier, Maarten van der Graaff, Maartje Smits, Lisa Weeda, Dennis Gaens, Noortje Kessels, Els Moors, Simone Atangana Bekono, Bert van Beek, Martijn Brugman
Contact: Elke Decates (email@example.com)