Images of conflict have become a common phenomenon, due to 24-hour repetitive news broadcasts and social media. As an answer to society’s increasing desire to capture and disseminate images of conflict, sites of dispute are no longer censored in any form but rather made into media spectacles. How, then, can we describe traumatic events or classified sites without veering into sensationalism?
The Data Battlefield shows how four international lens-based artists relate to this question. Through some of the latest technology, David Birkin (UK, 1977), Harun Farocki (DE, 1944-2014), Forensic Architecture and Steffi Klenz (DE, 1979) each open up unique conversations about our current photographic and filmic culture in relation to environments of conflict.