Art in the age of asymmetrical warfare

Craighead, Alison and Thomson, Jon. 2015. Art in the age of asymmetrical warfare. In: "Art in the age of asymmetrical warfare", Witte de With, United Kingdom, 11/09/2015- 03/01/2016. [Show/Exhibition]

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Creators: Craighead, Alison and Thomson, Jon
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Just as World War II began with a charge on horseback, and ended with the atomic bomb, the technological escalation of killing machines continues today. Art In The Age Of…Asymmetrical Warfare, the third and final iteration of Witte de With’s year-long exhibition series Art In The Age Of…, considers the irregular, and often uneven nature of the hybrid battlefield. As always, war is ever-present, however, its theater has now extended from the so-called real to the virtual. While hard power is still asserted face-to-face and hand- to-hand, remotely controlled weaponry and other means of telecommunicated violence are broadcast and delivered digitally through cyber attacks, and via social media propaganda platforms. Not surprisingly, these new channels have created their own forms of representation in which morale and information have become equal to, or are greater than, traditional military superiority. Instead of simply producing images of war, a new war of images is being fought and sold. As such, Art In The Age Of…Asymmetrical Warfare asks the question: What role do artists play when they slip into these networks and try to reveal the engines and effects of contemporary conflict? Participants: Abbas Akhavan, Sven Augustijnen, James Bridle, Broomberg & Chanarin, Crass, Claire Evans, John Gerrard , Terence Gower, Glenn Kaino, Navine G. Khan-Dossos, Adam Kleinman, Trevor Paglen, Mohammad Salemy, Susan Schuppli, Nida Sinnokrot, Thomson & Craighead, Tom Tlalim, José Antonio Vega Macotela. Curators: Defne Ayas, Natasha Hoare, Adam Kleinman

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Keywords: Art, Witte de With, Rotterdam, Thomson, Craighead, Thomson and Craighead, A short film about war, war, film, Art in the age of, asymmetrical warfare
Departments, Centres and Research Units: Art
Date range: 11/09/2015- 03/01/2016
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Event Location: Witte de With, United Kingdom
Item ID: 20863
Date Deposited: 08 Aug 2017 13:34
Last Modified: 05 Jul 2018 13:04


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