Art For Security

Posted inThe Daily Heller

By: Steven Heller | December 27, 2008

EMBEDDED ART is an exhibition of “art in thename of security” and reflects the ambivalent relationship between artistsand government military machinery. As the website notes: “So-called ‘war artists’ were dispatched to the front for the first time by the Australian governmentduring World War I to capture the soldier’s experience directly at thescene 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, thedispatch of war artists in the war on terror continues as amilitary practice. Artists in their capacity as researchers of theimaginary perhaps pave the way to a new reality, their fantasiesselectively exploited for the development of new security strategies.”EMBEDDED ART, conversely, introduces artists who are intent onenlightenment, 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.