In stock: Yes
Artist / Author name: Joscha Steffens
Dimensions: 21 x 28 cm
Edition size: 500, numbered
Cover/binding Type: Saddle Stitch
Type of printing: Offset-Printing
Number of pages: 68
+ Text Insert, 30 pages, Essay from Florian Arnold: Vom Kampfgeist der Photographie (On the Combative Spirit of Photography)
Publisher: KHM Publishing
How does modern warfare function in times of simulation? Where does the playing end, and where do things start in earnest?
The photographs by 16 are no conventional war photographs: they show a game with the game of war, as it occurs on a weekly basis in some out-of-the-way homestead in the Federal Republic. The photographed warriors are career soldiers or wannabe career soldiers, gathering on weekends for “softair” battles in order to take a digital death, increasingly alienated from them, seriously again in a playful way. The reality of our present-day wars has itself long since transitioned into a war simulation, in which computer freaks stand their ground as today's heroes. By re-simulating the simulative reality of war in analogue war games, these “nerds” express an existential plight, a lack and a need: they have unlearned dying – although, symbolically, they are already dead, the realness of death has been lost to them. They range between these two deaths. They are “Ghostwarriors”.
The photographic volume "Ghost / Warrior" includes the text insert "On the Combative Spirit of Photography" by Florian Arnold – an analysis of the representation of post-modern war in simulation.