Nonsense Lab

Cecilia Paredes
Landscape Series

Liu Bolin
from the series Hiding in the City
2010
performance and photography

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Hakim Bey: “Absolutely nothing but a futile martyrdom could possibly result now from a head-on collision with the terminal State, the megacorporate information State, the empire of Spectacle and Simulation.”

left:
SS Empress of Russia in dazzle camouflage
1918

right:
Edward Wadsworth
Dazzle-ships in Drydock at Liverpool (detail)
1919
oil on canvas

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Dazzle camouflage:

"Dazzle did not conceal the ship but made it difficult for the enemy to estimate its type, size, speed and heading. The idea was to disrupt the visual rangefinders used for naval artillery. Its purpose was confusion rather than concealment."

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"Most of the model designs were painted by women from London’s Royal Academy of Arts. A foreman then scaled up their designs for the real thing."

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"The Vorticist artist Edward Wadsworth supervised the camouflage of over two thousand warships, and his post-war canvases celebrated his dazzling ships."