Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC), an Australian public broadcaster, published the virtual reality application “Kokoda VR” free of charge. In 12 chapters, one can learn much about the fighting in Papua New Guinea between June and November 1942 when the Japanese forces tried to get to the south coast and thus the capital Port Moresby via the now famous Kokoda Track.
Catalyst: Contemporary Art and War (Imperial War Museum North, Manchester)
From 12 October 2013 until 23 February 2014, the Imperial War Museum North in Manchester presents the exhibition “Catalyst: Contemporary Art and War”, containing works of more than 40 contemporary artists about war in our time. The IWM’s huge and diverse collection could provide all the more than 70 works that have been made sinde the Gulf War of 1990/91. Among others, Steve McQueen, Frauke Eigen, Paul Seawright, Rasheed Araeen and Willie Doherty take part in this exhibition.
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Margret Eicher: Once Upon a Time in Mass Media (Berlin)
From 25 July until 8 September 2013, conceptual artist Margret Eicher presents media tapestries in the exhibition “Once Upon a Time in Mass Media” at the Kleine Orangerie am Schloss Charlottenburg in Berlin. In these large-format collages, she addresses media images and their social reception in various ways. The chosen form of expression plays a major role, too: tapestries once were tools of (self-) representation of power and authority. In Eicher’s works, too, there are numerous references on war and violence.
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Harun Farocki: Serious Games I-IV (Videoart at Midnight, Berlin)
On Friday 25 January 2013 at 2400h, the project Videoart at Midnight presents the four video installations Serious Games I-IV (2010) by the German documentary filmmaker and media artist Harun Farocki. Since some four years, the collector Ivo Wessel and the gallery owner Olaf Stüber present video art once a month at the cinema Kino Babylon in Berlin-Mitte. The four works by Farocki address training methods by the U.S. military and computer-based support of soldiers affected by post-traumatic stress disorder. Passing between war games, war simulations and real war seems to become increasingly fluent.
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Media Art Festival “transmediale.11” (Berlin)
In 1988, the media art festival transmediale was founded under its name “VideoFilmFest” in the periphery of the film festival Berlinale; in 1998, it recieved its current name. There is not only a conference, but also an open competition, an exhibition and various side events. This year’s subject is called “RESPONSE:ABILITY”. In 2011, too, several works address war.
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Computer Games Museum is Reopening (Berlin)
In 1997, the Computerspielemuseum Berlin (Computer Games Museum Berlin) was opened as the first global collection on the digital entertainment culture. Unfortunately, the exhibition was closed in 2000 for the lack of space and funding. Finally, on 21 January 2011, the museum will be reopened by its founding director Andreas Lange at a new location.
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Announcement: Image Battles – 2000 Years of News from the War (Osnabrück)
2000 years after the Battle of the Teutoburg Forest1, this event is taken as opportunity for an highly interesting exhibition in Osnabrück, close to the assumed battlefield: “Image Battles” will deal with “news from the war” in a multi-faceted approach on issues of technology, media and art.
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- In 9 AD, an alliance of Germanic tribes led by Arminius destroyed three Roman legions led by Publius Quinctilius Varus. ↩