'DISSECTING THE ARCHIVE'
JAKOB ROWLINSON
(26/05/17 + 04/06/17)

The question of truth have become ever relevant in today's political world, the term post-truth has been coined and debated. But what do we actually mean when we are speaking about it, what is truth? 

The history of truth is long and varied, changing in accordance with the current societal paradigms. What today most often is described as truth is historically connected to the rise of the natural sciences and the technological revolution. When we speak about truth and fiction the divider is that which exist, fiction does not. Fiction is make belief while the truth is out there. When someone is lying they are not telling that which actually is, but something else, truth is understood by most as correspondence, for example, that 1+1 equals 2 and nothing else. This understanding of truth is based on a logical system, the basis for mathematics and natural sciences, based on the idea that everything that we can know must be able to be quantified, if not we can not know and thus it can not be true. Hence, the reigning paradigm of truth is intertwined with positivism. This is something quite new, historically the divider between what we today call truth and fiction have been much more blurred, the division not as strong.  The question of truth and fiction is relevant to Rowlinson’s Dissecting the Archive. The unexplained death of a man on Saddleworth moor in 2015 is the inspiration and starting point for the ongoing research that makes up the installation. 

With ‘Dissecting the Archive’ Rowlinson make use of the death as an entry point to explore his fascination with mystery and amateur sleuths, using the format of the archive to analyse and discern the boundaries between fiction and truth and the aestheticization of crime. By starting from a historical situation to create an event in order to revitalise and engage our current situation in time.  

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All images courtesy the artist and clearview - credits: Corey Bartle-Sanderson.