Art For Security
By: Steven Heller | December 27, 2008
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.