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Book Launch: Another America

Inventing History: Artist/photographer Phil Toledano and Santiago Lyon presented by The Society of Publication Designers (SPD)

A black-and-white photograph of a man sitting with a group of large fluffy dogs

About the Event

Join artist and author of Another America Phil Toledano and Santiago Lyon, Head of Advocacy and Education at the CAI for a discussion on the meaning of truth in today’s world.

Truth in America has been slowly dying over the last decade. The country is consumed with conspiracy theories. For millions, facts are a choice. For millions, history is a choice. The arrival of AI is the next stage in the demise of truth. We can recreate the world as it never was. For every conspiracy theory, there can be visual proof. Convincing evidence that makes the lie real.

Another America takes this idea and creates a history that never existed. A world complete with people, events, and disasters, couched in the veracity of the past. Did this really happen? Is this real history? The images are simultaneously familiar and strange, much like the world in which we live.

Pre-order the book here!

About the Speakers

Phil Toledano was born in 1968 in London, to a French Moroccan mother and an American father. He grew up in London and Casablanca. He received a BA in English literature from Tufts University in Boston. Toledano considers himself a conceptual artist: Everything starts with an idea, and the idea determines the execution. Consequently, his work varies in medium, ranging from photography to installation, sculpture, painting and video.

Santiago Lyon is Head of Advocacy and Education for the Content Authenticity Initiative (CAI), an Adobe-led community of over 2,500 media and technology partners working to create an open-source industry standard for digital media provenance and history.

The Society of Publication Designers (SPD) is a vital resource serving an expansive network of creative professionals, strengthening the editorial design community and shaping the future of visual culture.