1. Project Website: http://www.yosukeushigo.me/projects/commoditised-warfare/

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  2. Commoditised Warfare proposes an alternative world where spectacular events are custom designed to replace traditional warfare as a means of solving seemingly chronic conflicts. Whether it be a made-up sport, a bizarre ceremony, or an extravagant technology, each event is specially designed to reflect the cultural and geopolitical characteristics of the opposing sides. Examples are presented in the form of toy models which are mechanised and physically animated to represent how these events might operate.

    “DONG-GIHWA” is a stadium-ship sent to the Sea of Japan to intervene in North Korea's dispute with South Korea, Japan and the US. Acting as a platform for the UN's peacekeeping operations, the sport of “Synchronised Baseball” is created for this operation, which combines the mass gymnastics heritage of North Korea with the baseball heritage from the three other countries. Bringing an opportunity for people to negotiate and improvise through this strange sport, "DONG-GIHWA" is celebrated as a symbol of peace in Far East Asia.

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  3. Commoditised Warfare proposes an alternative world where spectacular events are custom designed to replace traditional warfare as a means of solving seemingly chronic conflicts. Whether it be a made-up sport, a bizarre ceremony, or an extravagant technology, each event is specially designed to reflect the cultural and geopolitical characteristics of the opposing sides. Examples are presented in the form of toy models which are mechanised and physically animated to represent how these events might operate.

    “HATHA-MILANA” depicts a cross-national competition where two decorative trucks have been elaborately modified in order to stage a bizarre ceremony across the border between India and Pakistan. Inspired by the ceremony at Wagah in which the two countries elaborately close, amidst much fanfare, the border gates, these trucks deploy a friendly competition: Two locals, one from each country, perform a funny walk on the trucks' elevated catwalks which hover over the border fence. Upon meeting at the centre, the participants end the ceremony with a handshake.

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  4. Project Website: http://www.yosukeushigo.me/projects/commoditised-warfare/

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Commoditised Warfare

Yosuke Ushigome

Project Website: http://www.ushi.ws/projects/commoditised-warfare/

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