Wolfgang Tillmans’s (born 1968) Truth Study Centre has been a fixed component of his exhibitions since
he first showed a version of the multi-part tabletop installation in 2005. Often arising from local
circumstances and current issues at the time of their creation, the Truth Study Centre works mark an
endeavor to establish a clear perspective in confusing times. The scope and complexity of this project
become apparent for the first time through this book—the second, following Manual (2007), dedicated to
this set of works.
Over the span of 320 pages (printed using a high-resolution technique), Tillmans presents an alternative
chronology of the present. Far exceeding his original and main medium of photography, he juxtaposes a
variety of contrary opinions, statements, and comparisons on recurring table formats. The dimensions of
the wooden tables, which he designed himself, are not arbitrary: they are built using standard British door
panels, 78 inches long, and with one of four different standard widths.