The more the better (two truths and a lie)

© Mihály Kornai

THE MORE THE BETTER (TWO TRUTHS AND A LIE) is a multimedia installation exploring the relationship between foreign languages, mother tongues and trustworthiness. In the age of disinformation, distributing credible information is an increasingly complex challenge, but what exactly makes individuals ‘deem’ an information source trustworthy? Recent research shows that individuals are significantly more likely to trust information when it’s provided in their native language.

Combining experimental documentary, video art, spatial audio, and assemblage, the 100-channel and 100-language installation uses the children’s game of ‘two truths and a lie’ to blend truth and fiction beyond the point of discernibility. By immersing spectators in the fractured and uneven linguistic demography of the internet, the hegemonic power of dominant languages like English are revealed as they are simultaneously drowned out by the polyphonic chorus of humanity’s overwhelming linguistic diversity. 


Mihály Kornai is a Hungarian-American artist, photographer, and filmmaker working between Europe and North America. His work explores how digital communication technology is actively transforming the very nature of our social interactions. 

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