“The medium is the message” McLuhan
GASLIGHTING is a form of emotional manipulation through continual denial, deception and lies. The term comes from the similarly named film from 1940, in which a husband dimmed the gas lamps to make his wife question her sanity. For the artist, familiarity with this type of manipulation is crucial in the current Post-Truth and Trump times. Especially because it is sometimes difficult to discern.
The work GASLIGHTING refers to both the manipulation tactic and the medium of the object. A symbiotic relationship between the signifier and the medium arises through the self-referential character of the work. The object appeals to the field of tension between medium and meaning. That is embedded in the haggling over whether or not news is FAKE!