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The First Casualty of War is Truth - Free Artist Talk (2nd June 2015)

The First Casualty of War is Truth - Free Artist Talk

Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery - 11th June 2015 6.30pm - 8pm

Andy McKeown and Maggie Love will be talking about their new media installation ‘The First Casualty of War is Truth’, which is taking place on the balcony of the Shrewsbury Museum and Art Gallery during June. The installation, which commemorates the 5286 people from Shropshire’s Roll of Honour who lost their lives during WW1, sets this heart-rending loss alongside the mass media, communications and propaganda of the day.

During June, people are being invited to visit the exhibition and participate in the creation of a visual and audio record of the Roll of Honour by transcribing a single name from the list to a single handwritten Telegraph card and making a voice recording of that person’s name. A single unique voice for each name on the Roll of Honour. The completed cards will be placed below a continuous stream of names, to grow and develop throughout the residency.

Andy and Maggie will also examine the mass media of the era and its impact on the population during the conflict, stripping back historically from now to WW1, discarding technologies (and their impact) along a time line.

Andy McKeown is a new media light and sound artist, animator and programmer.

McKeown’s art practice is predominately based on interactive and reactive new-media light and sound. Works ranging from intricate multi projector interior installations to large scale outdoor Son et Lumière and semi-permanent urban light works. Past projects include lightworks at York Minster Cathedral, Nottingham Castle, Liverpool Metropolitan and Liverpool Anglican Cathedrals, Shrewsbury Abbey, Snibston Mining Museum along with works in the USA, Australia and Turkey. He has a passion for kaleidoscopes, stained glass, cathedrals ,machine noise, industrial and avant-garde music and is currently working on a series of immersive generative sound and light installations.

During the evening, there will also be an opportunity to see an exhibition of new contemporary artworks by re:collect, that attempt to break down some of the spin and propaganda around how the First World War was and still is represented in the media. The artworks aim to expose truths obscured by time, loss and misinformation and respond to the notion "the first casualty of war is truth".

Works by;

Jacqui Dodds - ‘Lost in France’

Elizabeth Turner - ‘BoG Standard’

Sue Challis - ‘Pack Up Your Troubles’

Jill Impey - ‘No trees were harmed in the making of this lie’

Julie Edwards – ‘Our’

Ann Kelcey – ‘Known only to God’

To book a place at the Artist Talk, please contact;

Alexa Pugh, Arts Development Officer, Shropshire Council