Reality and Fiction

04/01/2005
The Question to ask is: what do we mean by a line between reality and fiction? In the work of Fischli & Weiss we have a "fake", a simulation of reality using materials that simulate or mimic reality.
In the work of Mike Nelson we have the 'real' world presented as a world at a slight tangent to our reality, but conceived in real materials. The context however, makes it fictive. His environments inevitably segue into the surroundings, making the 'cut-off' point practically irrelevant.

The moment we spot a Fischli & Weiss work to be a simulation we instantly alter our attitude towards the work. With a Nelson, however, the process is drawn out, becoming a temporal as well as spatial journey.

I am interested in suspending, in extending this state of uncertainty into an environment where we are in potential reality/ potential fiction.

How? By using a combination of artificial and real materials to create a new reality?

Fictive Types: A hypothetical list

a) The recreation of the past: a jarring juxtaposition.
b) Mirroring reality: reality is doubled or flipped.
c) The invention of the future: an extrapolation of now for effect.
d) The 'Hidden Reality': our world is a fiction, hiding the real world.
e) A Play with Space/ A Play with Time: shortening, speeding up.
f) Portrayal of the impossible: a depiction as if real.

Panamarenko's approach is to make sculptures, then weave unbelievable takes around those objects but with a completely straight face, to create an air of doubtful reality, beyond fiction.