Christoph Niemann’s super, bright yellow GIFs conflate war imagery with playtime. They seem to ask: What if all the world’s problems were solved through a Game of Thrones-esque trial by combat? Would it make things better, and solve political deadlock and endless years of military aggression?
The GIFs are a response to the work of Yosuke Ushigome, who explores the potential of this Hunger Games-like ideology by designing scenarios where sworn enemies come together to participate in rituals focused around sports games and technology. It’s a lighthearted but provocative thought experiment, and Christoph takes up the baton and responds to Yosuke’s work with these six animated GIFs for MoMA’s Design and Violence. “Can’t we all just learn to play nice?” Christoph asks, turning the expression literal by transforming a drone into a basketball hoop, a grenade into a disco ball, and by featuring a soldier playing tetras on his superior.
“Turning war into a competitive spectacle is a much better idea than having actual armies butchering each other” Christoph explains, “The world has already spent so much money on military equipment, though, that we should try to make do with what we have."
All of today’s posts are focusing on the speakers at Here 2014, picking out a particular project to enjoy once again. You can follow the action live over on our @HereLondon Twitter feed.
- Milou Trouwborst's refined, simplistic and melancholic illustrations
- "It was strangely liberating" – Christoph Niemann on creating his new book Sunday Sketching
- Designer Okuyama Taiki encourages you to “play freely” with his experimental posters
- Gijs Henselmans’ illustrations: absurd, gruesome, but always hilarious
- All That Glitters: inside the Barbican’s “vulgar” catalogue
- Graphic designer Fraser Muggeridge talks to us about his favourite books
- Bompas & Parr explores the strange world of sploshing (NSFW)
- Working Not Working reveals the top 50 companies creatives would kill to work for
- Kodak returns to its 1970s symbol, joining the retrobrand bandwagon
- Kodak unveils the Ektra: its first ever smartphone
- Retracing and recreating historic reggae record sleeves with photographer Alex Bartsch
- William Knight's socially conscious portfolio of graphic design