March '07 Installment: In His name

Sun-Tzu wrote “all warfare is based on deception” a long time ago. Ironically, when Colin Powell tried to sell the war package to the UN back in February 2003, he accused Iraq of “denial and deception”. Who was the deceiver? There was talk of weapons of mass destruction, wasn’t there? Oh, and freedom fries, 9/11 connections and the glorious hanging of the previous leader of Iraq.

While Colin Powell didn’t manage to convince the UN, he did manage to sway the danish head of state. As a result, we followed Bush on his crusade and fought in his name. We broke it, and we bought it. The result is a mess.

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10 thoughts on “March '07 Installment: In His name”

  1. Tristan says:

    I like this one a lot. Very thought provoking, sometimes violently so, and the statements you make are initially very vague but at once immediately clear (once you can read the text and connect it to the imagery!). Well, the first few are pretty obvious, but it gets more hidden and more interesting in the last couple.

    The interactivity was great — I felt like I was trying to get past all of the lines hiding what someone was trying to say, and with each line I would see a new word, find a new piece of the puzzle. It took me forever to read #4.

    And about the quote in #5, just curious, have you seen the movie Equilibrium? I think you’d like it. The same quote was used there with much the same context, very interesting.

  2. Joen says:

    Thanks a lot for your comments, Tristan, I appreciate it.

    The interactivity was great — I felt like I was trying to get past all of the lines hiding what someone was trying to say, and with each line I would see a new word, find a new piece of the puzzle. It took me forever to read #4.

    I’m glad you “got” this. I did put effort into making the text hidden, yet possible to read. Quote 4 is actually one of my favourite quotes of all time.

    And about the quote in #5, just curious, have you seen the movie Equilibrium? I think you?d like it. The same quote was used there with much the same context, very interesting.

    Yes, I have seen that movie, and I loved it!

    The quote is by William Butler Yeats’ “He wishes for the cloths of heaven”. The full quote is this:

    Had I the heavens’ embroidered cloths,

    Enwrought with golden and silver light,

    The blue and the dim and the dark cloths

    Of night and light and the half-light,

    I would spread the cloths under your feet:

    But I, being poor, have only my dreams;

    I have spread my dreams under your feet;

    Tread softly because you tread on my dreams.

  3. Bilal says:

    Creative. Very creative. =]

  4. Anders Rask says:

    Bravo Joen! While (I think) I do not agree with what (I think) you’re trying to say you have created yet another masterpiece.

    A question: Why is a number of your instalments in the Von Neumann category?

  5. Joen says:

    Bravo Joen! While (I think) I do not agree with what (I think) you?re trying to say you have created yet another masterpiece.

    Thanks for your very balanced comment. I’m glad you liked it.

    A question: Why is a number of your instalments in the Von Neumann category?

    Noticed I misspelled “Neumann”. Well, to answer your question, because they’re all based on what I call my “von neumann” engine. This all started with my installment of the same name .

    Essentially, it’s named so because of mathmatician Jon von Neumanns “Middle-Square” pseudo random number generator. Translated into this generative engine, that means if I feed a specific number to it, it returns a specific illustration. Meaning: 1234 will always return the same configuration of illustrative elements. That makes it not exactly random, but still random looking. Of course this iteration of the engine uses a line drawing mechanims to generate a bit more than just those numbers.

    Long story short: I like refining and tuning this engine, combining it with the previous form of illustration work I used to do. It’s fun to combine random with non-random.

    I realize “von-neumann” might be a very nondescriptive tag, but I’m not quite sure what else to call it.

  6. Anders Rask says:

    Well, personally I am a huge Von Neumann fan so I was just curious 🙂 Only makes the instalments even more interesting.

    Are you doing any “real world” art? Are you planning on bringing your interactive instalments out as “real world” installations?

  7. Anders Rask says:

    Just sitting and thinking. Not long ago I had the great joy of spending an afternoon in New York’s Museum of Modern Art (MOMA). They had at the time a section devoted to interactive art somewhat similar in the interactive concept to yours. However I personally thinks your’s is much, much better than what I saw there.

  8. Joen says:

    Well, personally I am a huge Von Neumann fan so I was just curious 🙂 Only makes the instalments even more interesting.

    Me too! Anyone who has a self replicating spacecraft named after them deserves a star in my book.

    Are you doing any ?real world? art? Are you planning on bringing your interactive instalments out as ?real world? installations?

    Well, since… (lemme see) June 2005, I’ve been doing all my illustration work in hi-res (4 times the resolution I usually use here on the site), because I want to do “real world” art. So it’s definately in the cards. Unfortunately I haven’t really gotten it off the ground yet. I still plan to, eventually.

  9. Joen says:

    However I personally thinks your?s is much, much better than what I saw there.

    Wow, that’s really kindly said. I appreciate that a lot, thanks.

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