Operation Urban Terrain
Evening of August 28, 2004
Supported by the Lyn Blumenthal Memorial Fund Challenge to the Field Award and Creative Time.
Schleiner and her cohort, clad in futuristic military garb designed by the artist, will be on the street carrying a projector and a laptop. They will be connected through a mobile wireless bicycle to an online team of five game players located in various global locations. The team intervenes on servers in a popular online military simulation game with performance actionssimulated grenade suicides, propaganda, playful and absurd dance performances. The revised game will be projected live onto city buildings, and they can be viewed at the sites or through web cams on the OUT website.
OUT takes its name from MOUT a military term for Military Operations in Urban Terrain.
OUT confronts the dual reality of these games, raising important questions about their social implications and underscoring the danger of blurring boundaries between what is entertainment and what is real. OUT also critiques the increasing militarization of civilian life that has been implemented since 9/11, from The Patriot Act to surveillance of private and public spaces to the increased powers assumed by the military. Ultimately, it challenges the U.S. Army and Pentagram computer game developers to get OUT of the minds of civilian gamers.
Please join Creative Time for a lecture by the artist at Postmasters Gallery on September 2, 2004 at 7.30PM. Postmasters Gallery, 459 West 19th Street
For more information, visit the project website Operation Urban Terrain.