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MyWar

10 June 2010, 14:00 - 29 August 2010, 17:00
Opening: 09 June 2010, 20:00
Presstalk: 08 June 2010, 14:00
Identity and Appropriation Under War Condition

10 June 2010 – 29 August 2010

Participating artists:
Joseph DeLappe, Dunne & Raby, Harun Farocki, Harrell Fletcher, Knowbotic Research, Oliver Laric, Renzo Martens, SWAMP, Thomson & Craighead, Milica Tomic, Sarah Vanagt

Opening: Wednesday, 9 June, 8 p.m.
Press: Thursday, 8 June, 2 p.m.
Milica Tomic, One day, instead of one night, a burst of machine-gun fire will flash, if light cannot come otherwise, 2009, Fotoaktion, Lambda prints (Fotograf: Srdjan Veljovic)
Milica Tomic, One day, instead of one night, a burst of machine-gun fire will flash, if light cannot come otherwise, 2009, Photo action, Lambda prints (Photographer: Srdjan Veljovic)

Blog!, participate! and share! are the battle cries of a media culture in which the boundaries between private and public, between personal and political have been decisively eroded. The exhibition MyWar: Identity and Appropriation Under War Condition pinpoints the moral implications of wars when they are experienced through media. This intervention is delineated by a media landscape where web 2.0 tools are consistently altering the way that audiences and users both consume, and exchange information.

Sarah Vanagt, Begin Began Begun, 2003, Documentary
Sarah Vanagt, Begin Began Begun, 2003, Documentary

The exhibition follows two separate threads. In the first of these, the artists adopt a radically individualistic approach to war. Renzo Martens turns the camera, amidst a war zone, onto himself. Sarah Vanagt highlights the activities of young people, revealing the mundane aspects of everyday life that blogging culture is obsessed with. Harrell Fletcher makes children renarrate adults´ war memories. With the documentation of her own re-enactments of scenes and sites of the 1940s partisan war Milica Tomic asks whether the appropriation of such events is possible. SWAMP constructed a device that inflicts pain on its wearer with every soldier’s death in Iraq. Dunne & Raby´s (ironic) plush version of the mushroom cloud is conceived to be a therapeutic object for people with special fears of a nuclear war.

Oliver Laric, Versions, 2010, Airbrush
Oliver Laric, Versions, 2010, Airbrush

In the second thread of the exhibition, artists directly engage with the way in which web technologies have infiltrated and influenced global wars. Joseph DeLappe uses an online recruiting game of the American army to write down the names of killed American soldiers in Iraq. Thompson & Craighead construct a global narrative of an ubiquitous war from blog information. Oliver Laric shows airbrush variations of a manipulated Iranian image of rocket launches which was widely faked and ridiculed on the internet. Knowbotic Research offer a fictional ending to a moving YouTube-circulated news story, where a young Palestinian boy turns into a Transformer-like robot. Harun Farocki addresses the question of computer-aided trauma therapy for war veterans.




Events


Thursday, 17 June 2010, 4-6 p.m.

Media Education Lounge


Thursday, 17 June 2010, 5-8 p.m.

Late Opening hours with guided tour at 6 p.m.


Saturday, 19 June 2010, 1-8 p.m.

Representation of gender in times of modern wars
Location: Carl-von-Ossietzky University Oldenburg, A05 0-056


Thursday, 8 July 2010, 5-8 p.m.

Late Opening hours with guided tour at 6 p.m.


Tuesday, 13 July 2010, 2-4 p.m., Wednesday, 14 July 2010, 2-5 p.m.,
Tuesday, 20 July 2010, 2-5 p.m. and Wednesday, 21 July 2010, 2-6 p.m.

Workshop with Andrea Lühmann and Nanna Lüth, Charge fee: 10,- €


Thursday, 15 July 2010, 3-6 p.m. and
Saturday, 17 July 2010, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Candy Tanks - Disarming Kids, Animated Cartoon Workshop for young people
(Thursday: Age 11-14, Saturday: Age 8-11), Charge fee: 5,- €


Thursday, 22 July 2010, 8 p.m.

Film:, Steve McQueen: Hunger, 2008


Sunday, 25 July 2010, 11.30 a.m.

Museum Day of the Oldenburger Kultursommer
Free entrance to the exhibition and opening of the sound installation RainDance by Paul DeMarinis at the Julius-Mosen-Platz, Oldenburg


Thursday 5 August 2010, 5-8 p.m.

Late Opening hours with guided tour at 6 p.m.


Thursday 19 August 2010, 8 p.m.

Film:, Ari Folman: Waltz with Bashir, animation film, 2008





Press interviews by appointment.

Inquiries: Sabine Himmelsbach
Tel. 0441-235 2568
Fax 0441-235 2161
E-Mail: info@edith-russ-haus.de



in cooperation with:


Foundation for Art and Creative TechnologyTesla



This exhibition is kindly supported by:


Land NiedersachsenOldenburgische Landesbank

Edith-Russ-Haus for Media Art, Katharinenstraße 23, D-26121 Oldenburg, Tel.: +49(0)441/235-3208, Fax.: +49(0)441/235-2161
Opening Hours: Tuesday - Friday 14:00 -18:00, Saturday - Sunday 11:00 - 18:00, Monday closed info@edith-russ-haus.de
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