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Military deception in an art context (2017)

14.8 x 21 cm, 70 pages of 120g paper, invisible ink, UV light

Military deception in an art context is an empty book at first sight, which content gets only revealed under uv light.
Throughtout history, deception has proven to be a fundamental element in warfighting. This publication explores the relation of existing and potential connections between deception techniques, some of them conceived for military purposes, with a broad range of artistic practices. The artworks analyzed in this publication cover a broad spectrum of artistic practices that includes performance, visual and media arts, and they make use of deception for different purposes including surprise, concealment, parody and resistance.
In a military context the subject to be deceived is the enemy, in the case studies analyzed in this publication, this subject varies depending on the artist’s intentions. The audience, corporate organizations, capitalism, art institutions, mass media. They’re all potential targets.