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 - Beyond the Image Wars in Science, Religion and Art

iconoclash - Beyond the Image Wars in Science, Religion and Art

May - Sep 2002, ZKM | Center for Art and Media, Karlsruhe
Curator: Peter Galison, Dario Gamboni, Joseph Leo Koerner, Bruno Latour, Adam Lowe, Hans Ulrich Obrist, Peter Weibel
This research and exhibition project took place 2 years before Facebook went online. Facebook has in April 2015 reported 1.4 Billion users, not to mention all the other social media and image community websites. iconoclash easily could be called not only groundbreaking but prophetic.
It joins for the first time different cultures from West to East, different epochs from Middle Ages to modernism, different practices from science to art, in the search for an understanding of the nature of the image. This question is more relevant than ever, because the question of the image, always answered differently from different political and cultural perspectives, is central in a society built more than ever on visual media for the question: What is reality? ... The quandary of the many artists, saints, scientists, militants who populate this project is that they are taken in between those two contradictory urges: 'If only we could do without images!' - 'We cannot do without images!'. This is what we call an iconoclash, that is, a deep uncertainty on the power, sanctity, and violence of images.; Bruno Latour, Peter Weibel, editors of the 700 pages catalog. Exhibition Page