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Trust Is The Ultimate Currency seeks to consider the importance of the news, questioning why fake news and alternative facts have become throwaway catchphrases, overwhelming and frightening to the mainstream media whilst enabling small groups and organisations to spark outrage and anger by manipulating imagery and falsifying realities. The exhibition brings together works critiquing, commenting and reflecting upon the rise of the media circus, documenting the decline in the relevance and reliability of the news and wondering whether citizen journalism is a worthy replacement.

Trust Is The Ultimate Currency is an accompaniment to the sixth issue of the isthisit? book, which launched at SPACE’s Art+Technology programme on the 31st January, looking at fake news, alternative facts and the rise of clickbait.

isthisit? is a platform for contemporary art, exhibiting over 700 artists since its creation in May 2016, founded by its current director, artist and curator Bob Bicknell-Knight. Online, it operates as a gallery producing monthly exhibitions showcasing emerging to mid-career artists, hosting a roster of guest curators experimenting with the medium of the internet to interrogate a variety of concepts. The website also hosts monthly residencies, where artists are given a web page to create new work that exists on the internet as a piece of net art. Offline, it has held exhibitions nationally and internationally and is the publisher of isthisit?, a book series released on a triannual basis.

23rd February - 13th April 2019

Featuring
Bob Bicknell-Knight, Ami Clarke, Richard Cochrane, Débora Delmar, Ollie Dook, Tom Galle, Eloise Hawser, Botond Keresztesi, Erin Mitchell, Charlie Godet Thomas, Frank Wasser and Thomas Yeomans

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Trust is the Ultimate Currency Curated by Bob Bicknell-Knight 23rd February - 24th March 2019 Image 1 Back room Install shot Image 2 Thomas Yeomans Flat Earth, 2018 Digital image on light box 38.1 x 67.7cm Image 3 & 4 Bob Bicknell-Knight Unattended Bag, 2018 Custom zip top handbag, 3D printed ABS plastic, USB drive, downloaded Facebook data, shredded newspapers 31 x 47 x 14.5cm Image 5 Débora Delmar Canto I (Mayfair Businessman), 2018 Richard James bespoke fabric offcuts, stretcher bars, thread 100 x 80cm Image 6 Erin Mitchell The Future of Virtual Nature, 2018 Video with sound 9 min 32 secs Image 7 Botond Keresztesi The Satan's Dog, 2019 Airbrush and ink on paper 59.4 x 42cm Unique Image 8-10 Frank Wasser Detritus and Errors, 2019 Newspaper and ink on newsprint 37 x 29cm

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