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.
- Hick Duarte uses his camera to document the plurality of Brazilian youth culture
- Fhuiae Kim explores “the third language” in her calming graphic design works
- Folch designs a typeface embodying the “energetic universe” of acid house
- Illustrator Michael McGregor turns the mundane into something extraordinary
- All together now: Pascale Claude compiles a visual history of the beloved footie record
- “Part-animal, part-household object”: Frédérique Rusch on her wonderfully cryptic illustrations
- “We want to challenge and disturb the audience”: meet graphic design studio Alliage
- Matt Willey leaves The New York Times Magazine and joins Pentagram
- Ikki Kobayashi’s new series investigates the tension between shapes and negative space
- “Perfectly beautiful things don’t attract me”: Heesun Seo on her nontraditional practice
- The Pantone Colour of the Year 2020 makes a statement about peace and communication
- Moleskine’s digital notebook and a visual inventory of Earth win Apple's Apps of the Year