»ART WARS« reflects and transforms the motivation of human kind to make war and combines it with marketing concepts and economic sellout of art.
While developing the idea for the final exhibition at the »Contemporallye« in Augsburg, Sebastian Giussani approached lab binaer, to create the medial aspect to his work.
lab binaers work »ECTV« replaced the common journalist with automated technology, and placed part of the control in the hands of the visitor generating abstract and documentary, yet visually appealing live pictures of the »colour war«.
The 16 channel video installation was supplied with images by twelve stationary security cameras and four WiFi-cameras. By pushing a red button the visitor was able to switch between the actors.
The title, »ECTV«, is an acronym, which derives from the words »Embedded Correspondent« and »Closed Circuit Television« (CCTV). The first name stands for a contemporary and very popular sort of voyeurism that knows no boundaries, even when it comes to war. The second focuses on the surveillance state, which has become increasingly targeted by criticism nowadays.