Art For Security

EMBEDDED ART is an exhibition of “art in the
name of security” and reflects the ambivalent relationship between artists
and government military machinery. As the website notes: “So-called ‘war artists’ were
dispatched to the front for the first time by the Australian government
during World War I to capture the soldier’s experience directly at the
scene of events. Even as far back as 1944, ‘military science fiction’
authors collaborated with U.S. Army defense engineers to design the ‘cyber-soldier’ in preparation for a Third World War. Today, the
dispatch of war artists in the war on terror continues as a
military practice. Artists in their capacity as researchers of the
imaginary perhaps pave the way to a new reality, their fantasies
selectively exploited for the development of new security strategies.”
EMBEDDED ART, conversely, introduces artists who are intent on
enlightenment, not affirmation.
    The exhibition will be held at the Akademie der Künste in Berlin from Jan. 24 through Feb. 22. It features work by Paul B. Davis, Fons Hickmann, Gunter Rambow, Yuko Shimizu, Omar Vulpinari (above), Klaus Staeck (below), U.R.A. Filoart (below, middle), Angelika Schneider-von Maydell (bottom), and more. If you’re in the neighborhood of Pariser Platz in Berlin-Mitte, drop in.

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Steven Heller is the co-chair of the SVA MFA Designer /Designer as Author + Entrepreneur program, writes frequently for Wired and Design Observer. He is also the author of over 170 books on design and visual culture. He received the 1999 AIGA Medal and is the 2011 recipient of the Smithsonian National Design Award.