The Albury Wodonga Superfiction 1993
Collaboration Peter Hill and J.J. Voss (Photographer)
S U P E R F I C T I O N S
- Verificationism concerns itself with how we can verify the 'truth'
of a given statement, photograph, or map. It sits at the opposite point of the
pendulum's swing (see Foucault) from
falsificationism and it could be contended that
neither can be reached with certainty but one can approach 'truth' or 'falsehood' to varying degrees.
A statement from Joan Fontcuberta and
illustrates this dilemma:
"Truth bases itself on certain means of supplying evidence. Photography is the most common
of these means but, by extension, we could speak of any sort of system that produces
pictorial messages through an optic device - the lens - that makes it possible to record
reality. But these instruments - as we have now realised - can easily be manipulated.
Objectivity tends to be simply one choice among many others. A choice which appears
more utopian every day.
"We believe the photographs of the footsteps on the moon even though all the space
expeditions could be an enormous montage.
On the contrary, we don't believe the photos of UFO's; we say they are faked and shrug
them off. So the credibility of a photographic document depends first of all on its
historical function as a transmitter of true, unquestionable, irrefutable information.
But secondly, and perhaps to a greater extent, it depends on the charisma of the
institutional argument that it supports and the credibility that the broadcasters are
capable of inspiring."
(from: Perspektief No 36, 1989)
Ethical questions arise from all of the above. In the Gulf War, for example, who was
falsifying the photographic evidence of missile sites and combat aircraft presented
to billions of television viewers around the planet? Probably both sides, is the only