Future Cluster

SITUATIONS/Strike

06.06.–18.10.2020

The military-industrial complex has been instrumental in the development of photographic practices: from early aerial photography to autonomous flying objects, war has acted as a catalyst in determining photographic techniques and the use of the data they produce. Photography has also had a major impact on our imagination and on the reality of war: documentary depictions of distant conflicts can foster awareness and understanding and initiate political (counter)measures as well as collective social action; at the same time, however, they may also flatten out our sense of violence, normalise military interventions or even pursue propagandist interests. SITUATIONS/Strike examines the way photographic images operate when they no longer serve a representational function but are used first and foremost to track, identify and monitor, and to train machines for surveillance and military purposes.