10 September 2015 opening at Witte de With: Art In The Age Of…Asymmetrical Warfare. Exhibition with, among others, Mohammad Salemy.
Opening and Artists In Conversation: Thursday 10 September 2015, 4-6 pm
With: Abbas Akhavan, Sven Augustijnen, James Bridle, Adam Broomberg & Oliver Chanarin, Crass, John Gerrard, Terence Gower, Glenn Kaino, Navine G. Khan-Dossos, Trevor Paglen with Jacob Appelbaum, Mohammad Salemy, Susan Schuppli & Tom Tlalim, Nida Sinnokrot, Jon Thomson & Alison Craighead, en José Antonio Vega Macotela.
World War II began with a charge on horseback, and ended with the atomic bomb; the technological escalation of killing machines still continues. Art In The Age Of…Asymmetrical Warfare, the third and final iteration of Witte de With’s year-long focus on the social implications of applied science as recorded through the vector of art, considers the irregular, and often uneven nature of the hybrid battlefield today. As always, war is ever-present, however, its theatre has now extended from the so-called real to virtual as well. 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 greater than, traditional military superiority. Instead of simply producing images of war, a new war of images is being fought. As such, Art In The Age Of…Asymmetrical Warfare begs to ask: what role do artists play when they slip into these networks and try to reveal the engines of contemporary conflict?
Defne Ayas (Concept), Adam Kleinman and Natasha Hoare (Curators)
Art In The Age Of…Asymmetrical Warfare is the third and last iteration of Art In The Age Of…, a three-part presentation series that investigates future vectors of art production in the 21st century. Art In The Age Of… runs throughout 2015, starting with Art In The Age Of…Energy and Raw Material in January (23 January – 3 May 2015) and followed by Art In The Age Of…Planetary Computation in May, now on view until 16 August 2015.