Total Refusal – Digital Disarmament (Michael Stumpf, Leonhard Müllner und Robin Klengel)

Circumventing the Circle of Death

2018

Werk - Circumventing the Circle of Death
Artist / Artist group
Total Refusal – Digital Disarmament (Michael Stumpf, Leonhard Müllner und Robin Klengel)
Title
Circumventing the Circle of Death
Year
2018
Category
video, computer-generated
Material / Technique
digital video (mp4, H.264), color, sound, stereo; video game: Fireglow Games, »Sudden Strike 4«, (2017), Windows 10
Dimensions / Duration
00:04:43, Loop
Description

The video »Circumventing the Circle of Death. A Pacifist Finger Excercise« documents the peaceful encounter of two enemy armies within a strategy game themed on World War II (»Sudden Strike 4«).

The game's algorithm usually forces the soldiers to attack each other as soon as they directly face each other or stop. However, the bloodshed can be avoided by having the players keep the soldiers and tanks in constant motion without them ever directly facing each other.

The performance of the artist group »Total Refusal - Digital Disarmament Movement« by Leonhard Müllner, Robin Klengel and Michael Stumpf therefore consisted of a »Pacifist Finger Exercise«: they let the tanks drive in circles without interruption. Constant circling is the only form of peaceful encounter between nations.