Art takes place outside of the machine – Charles Csuri

Charles Csuri Different from Us, frame 001, war16 series, 2012, Linus environment and AL

Charles Csuri Different from Us, frame 001, war16 series, 2012, Linus environment and AL

This striking new work by one of the great pioneers of computer art Charles A. Csuri, references and expands one of his original ideas – Random War, a plotter drawing created in 1966.  Random War (2012), is a new online version which uses gaming logics and the Internet to re-create a hypothetical war, based on our own friends, with people wounded, dead, awarded medals or missing in action, using names gleaned from our Facebook account. There is a delicious irony in using technology originally designed for defense purposes to create art that speaks to the consequences of such use. This art work is a powerful comment on the human cost of war and a stark reminder that every conflict has an after effect. Full article here: http://www.bcs.org/content/conWebDoc/44253

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