Critical Art Ensemble

Immolation

Immolation is a video installation concerned with the subject of the use of incendiary weapons on civilians after the Geneva Convention and the Protocol on Prohibitions or Restrictions on the Use of Incendiary Weapons of October 1980. This video chronicles the major war crimes of the United States involving these weapons on a ( m acro) landscape level, and contrasts it with the damage done to the body on the ( micro) cellular level. To acco m plish this task, CAE grew human tissue at the Sy m bioticA Art and Science Collaborative Research Laboratory in Perth, Australia, and using high-end m icroscopy shot the micro footage. In addition to this imagery, CAE uses fil m footage of present and past wars that have used immolation against civilian targets as a strategic choice for the sole purpose of terrorizing entire populations.

The goal is to provide a different way of imaging, viewing, and interpreting the human costs of these war crimes, in contrast to the barrage of media imagery to which we have become so desensitised.

Critical Art Ensemble (CAE) is a collective of tactical media practitioners of various specializations, including computer graphics and web design, wetware, film /video, photography, text art, book art, and performance. For m ed in 1987, CAE’s focus has been on the exploration of the intersections between art, critical theory, technology, and political activism. The collective has performed and produced a wide variety of projects for an international audience at diverse venues ranging from the street, to the musem , to the Internet.