Martin Firrell
War Is Coming
2020
More than five decades ago, the hippy movement warned that humanity and the machine would soon be at war.

The artwork 'War Is Coming' repeats this warning at a time when contemporary commentators are already pointing to the negative effects of mobile phone use and social media on young people.

Meanwhile, sociologists warn that artificial intelligence may well undermine the fabric of our societies, giving rise to mass unemployment and grave social inequality.

The artwork 'War Is Coming' quotes visually from a button badge created to publicise a 1967 anti-Vietnam war demonstration. The organisers claimed they would levitate the Pentagon, make it vibrate and turn orange. Once this had occurred, war would be over for good.
'War Is Coming' is part of socialart.work, a mass public art project by public artist
Martin Firrell
calling for greater social justice.

It aims to create debate about power and gender, women's equality and masculinity, alternative forms of economic and social organisation, black power, and solidarity between people from different backgrounds and ethnicities.

It includes posters, publications and events supported in 2018-19 by the artist's residency with leading Out of Home media company
Clear Channel UK.
Part Of
Counter Culture Rising
Medium
Digital billboard
Displayed
UK, January 2020
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Acknowledgement
'The Pentagon Is Rising' from the
Labadie Collection, University of Michegan

Residency
Artist in Residence, Clear Channel UK
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