Video documentary of the room installation and performance »ART WARS« by Sebastian Giussani
in correspondence with the media installation »ECTV« by lab binaer at the »Contemporallye« gallery, Augsburg, 7th of July 2012.
Sebastian Lübeck's »Contemporallye« is a platform for temporary exhibitions on interesting locations. For a limited amount of time he features young and interesting artists before the gallery moves on to the next place.
In Augsburg this interesting space was an old tinsmithery, in which he also had his own studio and the idea of the »Contemporallye« was born.
While developing the idea for the final exhibition at the »Contemporallye« in Augsburg, Sebastian Giussani approached us, to create a medial aspect to his work. It was an honour and privilege to us to be part of that evening.
»ART WARS« reflects and transforms the inacceptable motivation of human kind to even be able to in any way lead wars and combines it in an intricate and ironic way with marketing concepts in general and economic sellout of art in specific.
The title, »ECTV«, is an acronym, which derives from the words »Embedded Correspondent« and »Closed Circuit Television« (CCTV). The first name stands for a contemporary and very popular sort of voyeurism that knows no boundaries, even when it comes to war. The second focuses on the surveillance state, which has become increasingly targeted by criticism nowadays.
While on the one hand we denounce that which was initially meant for our safety, because it restricts our privacy, we, on the other hand, use a very similar technology when we wish to be entertained.
On the night of the public viewing a specially created spatial sculpture, by Sebastian Giussani, served as the »theatre of war« for a performance by four actors and their paintball guns, which took place during the course of the evening. Our work replaced the common journalist with automated technology, and placed part of the control in the hands of the visitor generating abstract and documentary, yet visually appealing live pictures of the »colour war«.
The 16 channel video installation was supplied with images by twelve stationary security cameras and four WiFi-cameras. By pushing a red button the visitor was able to switch between the actors.