I Swear to Tell the Truth
15 March – 27 May 2018
Drop-in. Buy tickets at the admission desk in the Shop.
Duration: 45 minutes (last start time 4pm)
Interactive audio tour / documentary / installation
Enter a building that was designed to confuse. Slip on a pair of headphones. Peer through a hospital window. And prepare to question how you know what to believe about Syria.
If Vietnam was the first conflict on television, Syria is the first on YouTube. The number of minutes uploaded exceeds the number of real-time minutes which have passed since the conflict began on Tuesday 15 March 2011. Every day, this number rises as the vicious conflict creeps onward, but does the quantity of material available mean we understand what is happening on the ground any better?
Following a successful run at IWM London, award-winning creative collective Anagram invite visitors to IWM North to actively and intimately think about how to make sense of what we hear from Syria. Taking evidence from specific events during the battle of Aleppo in late 2016, this experience asks: is confusion a weapon being used to stop the international community from acting; who controls the fog of war?
From exposing algorithms of media moguls to grappling with our cloudy internal prejudice, I Swear to Tell the Truth is a thought-provoking experience inviting you to inspect how social and information networks have affected your perception of the world we live in, and your place in it.
Created by Anagram and commissioned by Imperial War Museums.