Social Signals and Blurred Backgrounds

An investigation of the field of tension between the need to hide or blend in, and the need to signal an identity. Are the two necessarily in conflict? How does this tension translate from the military sphere to our broader culture?


In the workshop we will examine the relationships that have given camouflage patterning its semantic load in contemporary culture, and explore ways in which they might be manipulated using techniques traditionally applied for concealment in the natural environment in order to conceal or project (critical/cultural) identities.

This workshop is part of 'The National Algorithm', a research project made possible by a Digital Culture grant from the Creative Industries Fund NL.