Artist and filmmaker Joseph Ernst is concerned with our inability to switch off. Habitual scrolling through mobile devices leaves us inundated with information. In a world that recognises ‘fake news’ as a legitimate phenomenon, how much of what we read is even valuable?
Responding to this absurdity, Ernst has reimagined tabloids and broadsheets, all void of any actual news. He explains that he is offeringThe one thing you need more than anything else: “Nothing”“the one thing you need more than anything else: “Nothing”. Absolutely nothing. Today, and today only, there is Nothing in the News. Enjoy it whilst you can.” Ernst has ultimately presented us with pages of pure censorship, reducing his papers to their respective titles and pale grey boxes marking vague graphic layouts. The project presents itself as almost utopian–especially when compared to recurring headlines of incessant worldwide trauma and conflict–and through this, Ernst makes a statement about questioning the information we read on a daily basis and the people who put it there.
All images © Joseph Ernst