/truth — Exhibition Zone Design
Exhibition Design, Art Installation 
re/mind is an exhibition curated by 42 Communication Design students that provides eight alternative perspectives with a closer look at modes of being that are not often considered.

In a group of five, our exhibition zone /truth aims at challenging the notion of truth. Living in an era where information is increasingly persistent and omnipresent, the concern of how people interpret information — facts, alt-facts, knowledge, opinion, belief, truth — has been raised. The concept “post-truth” has become increasingly prominent in recent years, which objective facts are less influential in shaping public opinion than appeals to emotion and personal belief. What if, in the future, objective facts are no longer important or relevant to what we consider “truth”? What if ideas we consider conspiracies are being considered as possible truths in the future?

Using the concept of a future-past museum, a collection of conspiracies related items, including the Flat Earth Theory, Marshmallow Grazing, and Lunar Effect is exhibited in the form of a historical museum in the future. Accompanied by audio, the museum’s background is introduced and various questions related to “truth” is raised. The installations serve to cast doubt in visitors’ minds while the audio invites a reconsideration of sceptical attitudes and a critical lifestyle regarding our current and future lives.






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「你好呀,歡迎嚟到呢一個展區,喺呢度,我地想你思考一下乜嘢係真相。試想像一個未來,喺呢個未來入面,判斷一件事係唔係真,唔再靠真確性,而係只要你信,佢就係真相。喺咁樣嘅一個未來下,呢個社會會變成點呢? 而家係2094年,你身處於一間歷史博物館入面,呢度記載嘅所有歷史,都係大家所信奉嘅真相。」


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“Greetings and welcome to the exhibition. Here, we encourage you to think about “what is truth?”. Imagine a future where personal beliefs are considered as facts. If you believe in it, it is the truth. What would this future be like? It is the year 2094, you are in the National Museum of History. Inside, it preserves the historical and cultural heritage of the world.”






1. FLAT EARTH
地平說

地平說意指現今被廣泛接納的天體學說,主張世界是一個平面,陸地被海洋圍繞,北極位於地平中央,地平的邊緣部份是150米的厚冰牆,而太陽和月亮均為直徑52公里的球體,在地平上方盤旋。

地平說備受多方學者推崇,其中以國際地平說考證學會為最具代表性組織,他們以亞哈尼伯·卡米拉的研究作為基礎,於2026年推動「地平運動」,成功令地平說獲得大眾及學術界的承認。

The Flat Earth Theory refers to today’s widely accepted astrophysical theory. In which the earth is a plateau surrounding by the sea. The North pole is located at the centre of the earth. The edge of the earth exists of a 150 feet Ice Wall. The sun and the moon are spheres with diameters of 52 km, wheeling above the earth.

The Flat Earth Theory is highly praised by many scholars and the flat earth society being the most representative organisation. The Flat Earth Society organised the ‘Flat Earth Movement’ in 2026 based on Kmira’s research. The theory was then recognized and approved by the scholars.



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「你抬起頭望一望,前面有一塊好多字嘅展題簡介,寫住『地平說』。地平說?咩嚟㗎?你問自己。太多字啦,你根本唔想睇。但係你諗深一層,有幾多次因為懶得去睇,就淨係睇過兩眼就當自己明咗成件事?

下面個展櫃入面擺咗幾篇學術文章,物理學同天文學論證?你覺得,出得學術期刊,又有晒數據咁,睇落地平說都幾係真喎!但事實係咪咁呢?

再望下隔黎,有一個地平儀,佢將地平說論實體化,整到出嚟,呢個理論係咪就係真呢?

地平儀嘅下方有一個獎牌,係一個叫亞哈尼伯·卡米拉攞嘅獎,費瑟國王國際獎?你心入面嚇咗一跳,哇!佢一定係一個好勁嘅人!但係諗深一層,你知道費瑟國王係邊個咩?呢個獎又代表咗咩?係唔係攞過獎,就代表呢個人講嘅野信得過?」


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“You look up and see a lengthy description with the title, “Flat earth? What is this has anything to do with the exhibition?” You ask yourself, but it was too long for you to keep reading so you move on. However, ask yourself again… how often you believe that you have understood something just by skimming it through for a few seconds?

Look down, you see a pile of aged journal article on physics and astronomy. You think to yourself, it seems legit if it is being published on an academic journal and full of data, there’s no way it can’t be truth… right?

On the side, there is a Flat Earth model, a physical presentation of the theory. Is it true, is it plausible?

Under the Flat earth model, there is a medal below. It is a King Faisal International Prize and it belongs to a person named Ahaaroubi Kmira. Wow… he must be worthy to receive such a prize! But who is King Faisal? What does the prize represent? Does the prize make him credible?”





2. MARSHMALLOW GRAZING
棉花糖放牧論

根據歷史記載,於高海拔地區養殖棉花糖擁有多種好處,尤其使棉花糖的口感更為鬆軟香甜。因此後人提倡把棉花糖放牧於高山之上,任由牠自由生長,享受充分日曬,又被外界稱為棉花糖放牧論。

1967年,美國馬殊美洛食品公司成功研發棉花糖人工養殖技術,以特殊的方法培養出鬆軟香甜的棉花糖。該技術在1975年被公開,農民大量仿效其放牧方法,並致力開發改良品種,令棉花糖成為一種普及食品。

2020年,香港糖龍食品公司成立,收購香港大量高山包括鳳凰山、馬鞍山以及塔門,以培養出優良棉花糖為宗旨。


Historically, wild marshmallows in high altitude terrain were the softest and sweetest. Since then, many agreed wild marshmallows were best to grow on steep mountains with sufficient exposure to sunlight. People called it the Marshmallow Grazing.

In 1967, American Marshmallow Ltd. successfully developed a technology to domesticate and breed marshmallows. Publicized in 1975, many followers began to further develop similar technology ever since, making marshmallows more accessible.

In 2020, Hong Kong's Tong Long Ltd. was established to breed the best marshmallows, claiming over mountains such as Lantau Peak, Ma On Shan and Tai Mo Shan.




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「歷史記載,綿花糖是一種放牧生長的動物。呢個展櫃入面放咗有關棉花糖嘅圖鑑,望落都有返咁上吓年份,哇!棉花糖真係有個生長週期,睇黎佢真係一種動物嚟。但係係咪應該用一件事物存在時間嘅長短去判斷佢嘅真假?

圖鑑隔離有兩張棉花糖放牧嘅相,科技咁發達,咩相都可以P出黎,相仲可唔可以證明件事嘅真確性?

啲相隔離有一份剪報,『香港成為全球第三大綿花糖放牧地區』,連報紙都登過。或者以前報紙係一個可信嘅媒介,但係而家人人都可以造新聞,上過報紙係唔係就等於真呢?」


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“Behind the glass is an illustration of marshmallows, those illustrations seem to be aged for quite some years. Wow, a marshmallow has a life cycle, just like an animal, then it must be an animal! However, does the time and age of an event determine the legitimacy?

Next to the illustration, there are two photos of marshmallow grazing but are they real? With technology, images can be distorted and edited, can images be trusted anymore?

On the side of those 2 photos, there’s a piece of newspaper article, with a title “Hong Kong became the third-largest marshmallow grazing area”. Maybe newspapers are reliable mainstream media but nowadays fake news can be easily published by people so are newspapers trustworthy?”






3. LUNAR EFFECT
月球效應

月球效應學說主張月球的盈虧變化會影響人類的行為舉止。人體內含有八成液體,月球引力所形成的潮汐力能引起人體內的生物潮汐。月球效應有助提升人類的生殖能力、激發人體內潛在的能量,推進人類的進化。

「月光會」是一個推崇月球能量的國際組織,成立於1983年,會員人口逾24億,遍佈全世界各地,佔世界人口的31.8%。該組織定期舉行集會聚集成員,共同吸收月球能量,追求人體極限和突破。


It is proven that the moon's gravitational forces affect the tides and waves. As humans consist of 80% water, the moon can also affect human psychology and behaviour such as boosting fertility, stimulating human's subconscious energy and advancing human evolution. This phenomenon is known as the lunar effect.

Established in 1983, the Lunar Light Society is an international organization that supports this theory, with more than 2.4 billion members, 31.8% of the world's population. Gatherings would be hosted regularly to recruit members, absorb moon energy and seek to surpass human limits.



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「你眼前嘅會徽、臂章同衫係月光會集會用嘅物品,會徽同臂章係加入月光會嘅證明,而件衫係活動嘅時候需要著嘅服裝,上面有好多成員嘅簽名同留言。

究竟當一個理論背後一大班人相信,甚至有一個機構支持,會唔會令到呢個理論變得可信?」



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“An emblem, an arm pad and a shirt…

Those are some of the items used for a society called “The Lunar Light”. The arm badge is worn by devoted members of “The Lunar Light”. The T-shirt is collected from a member of “The Lunar Light” and it contains numerous members’ signatures from the gatherings.

Could a belief be considered as a fact if it is backed by a large group of people or even an organisation? Do those factors make their theory plausible?”








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「其實,我叫你質疑咗咁多野,你又有冇質疑過我?我唔係叫你咩都唔信,只係喺呢個後真相嘅未來,識得質疑,就應該係我地嘅生活態度。」



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“I have been telling you to be sceptical, but have you ever been sceptical towards me?

It’s not that there is nothing to trust, but being critical would be our lifestyle in this post-truth future.”








Team members: Anson Wong, Hwah Lau, Lyris Chan, Ping Ting Lee, Scarlet Ng
Year: 2019