Interactive art exhibit “Liar! Liar!” offers a critique of state surveillance and control
"Liar! Liar!" opened Friday at the Soo Visual Arts Center in Minneapolis.
At the exhibit’s entrance, two security guards sternly asked people to remove their shoes and show the contents of their bags. These security guards were merely actors, but apart from a single grumpy senior who wouldn’t remove his shoes, everyone obeyed.
This was precisely what artists Amy Modahl and Corrine Thiessen wanted to reveal with their exhibit Friday at the Soo Visual Arts Center in Minneapolis — our unthinking obedience to anything posing as authority.
“What kind of tacos did you eat? Why chicken and not beef?” Thiessen said, interrogating an exhibit-goer while posing as a lie detecting security agent, which she and her partner did for the entire two hours of the exhibit opening.