Wars and Rumors of Wars

Eric Dickson's avatar Eric Dickson

Wars and Rumors of Wars presents the history of American foreign and security policy over the last three decades in an interactive audio installation. As visitors move around the gallery, they trigger motion detectors, thereby unleashing historical audio samples drawn from addresses to the nation, congressional hearings, military and intelligence briefings, and other publicly-available, declassified sources. A variety of different computer algorithms driving the installation offer visitors distinct experiences of history that are determined in large part by visitors' own movements through the gallery. At times, visitors may simultaneously hear speeches on Iraq from a diverse array of US presidencies; at other times, they may need physically to pursue a single voice around the gallery to prevent that voice from falling silent. Visitors may engage the installation in a variety of different ways, paralleling different modes of citizen engagement in contemporary politics.

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  • Art form: Installation
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  • Year created: 2015
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