“Lie, lie, lie, lie, lie …” Like a swarm, the word lie, written in hand-style with black and brown markers, repeats itself covering the glass on a window on a street of downtown Madrid. Lie, lie. Lately, the word resonates with particular force within the Spanish state. April, 2014.
Lies, lies, lies. Hannah Arendt warned us: the modern lie does not limit itself to concealing. In Políticas y estéticas de la memoria Chilean cultural critic Nelly Richard observes that the modern lie destroys reality, and that practically no one escapes its effects (1989: 35). And this is so because the modern lie questions “common and objective reality itself” and this poses “a political problem of the first order” (Richard, 35-36). And it also poses, without a doubt, a problem for the production of subjectivities within the Spanish state.
In a conference at the Residencia de Estudiantes de Madrid, Jacques Derrida observed that “What is relevant about a lie is never its content, but the intentionality of he/she who lies. A lie is not something that is opposed to truth […] what counts is the damage it causes on an other.” Lies, lies, political lies: institutional assaults to people and to life. And because of that, in response to them, constructions of common realities from the streets of Madrid.