How To Build A Lie (Lecture/Video)
How to Build a Lie is a lecture/video by IXDM researchers Jamie Allen and Moritz Greiner-Petter, the final part of an apocryphal technologies artistic research project into media objects and technologies associated with “lie detection” and “truth verification”.
The arc of this research includes a physical recreation of a voice stress analysis machine that analyses the self-read audiobook versions of presidential autobiographies, The Lie Machine (2014); a residency with the Media Archeology Lab in Denver, Colorado; a thematic exhibition at Dateline gallery; a publication with Counterpath Press upon which this lecture/video is based. Texts contains excerpts of writing by Ursula Le Guin, Avital Ronell, Paul Feyerabend, Geoff Bunn, Charles Darwin, amongst others. Video materials were culled from various online sources, including The Old Typewriter, Die Wiege des Kinos and Der Mensch als Industriepalast, also amongst others.
“How to Build a Lie” lecture/video was commissioned by the Archaeologies of Media and Technology (AMT) group at University of Southampton, Winchester School of Art (Dr. Jussi Parikka and Dr. Ryan Bishop) for the group’s public launch event, Future Past Tense on October 26, 2016, organised in collaboration with the transmediale festival.
Partly media archaeological sketch, partly system poetry, this artist book compiles a subjective selection of so-called ›textonyms‹ – a side effect of T9 encoding technology. T9 (short for ›text on 9 keys‹) is a predictive text technology developed in 1995. It was designed to optimize text entry on 3×4 numeric cell phone keypads commonly used at that time. On these standard 12-key layouts the number keys from ›2‹ to ›9‹ are assigned to a group of three to four letters each. In T9, a sequence of single keystrokes is matched against a stored dictionary. Words associated to the entered sequence of numbers are then presented to the user to choose from. Coincidentally and inherent to the working principle of T9, one sequence of keystrokes can potentially represent many different words. This guide book compiles an incomplete and subjective selection of these ›textonyms‹ to be found in the English language. It exposes the collateral poetry, incidental truisms, and semantic comedy that are latently lurking in encoding and compression technologies like T9.