Archive for War & peace

An inescapable dimension of modern history, which I have tried to address in various ways. This strand is also concerned with the fate of internationalist idealism.

Hainburg, on the border between (Czecho)Slovakia and Austria, December 1989 (M. Illik)

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Tank Man – an image from Tiananmen Square, 5 June 1989 »

June 4th, 1992 | Posted in: Articles General, War & peace

Just after the massacre in Tiananmen Square, a single man stepped in front of a column of tanks. The resulting images were rapidly transmitted around the west. I wrote this piece for the third anniversary. It appeared in the Guardian, 4 June 1991. An expanded version formed the opening chapter of my book Tank: The Progress of a Monstrous War Machine (2000).

The Poliscar – not a tank but a war machine for people-without-apartments »

January 12th, 1992 | Posted in: Art & its applications, Articles General, Articles in Books, War & peace

On Krzysztof Wodiczko and a ‘public intervention device’ designed in 1991 to address the condition of the homeless in New York City. As published in Krzysztof Wodiczko: instruments, projeccions, vehicles, Barcelona: Fundaci├│ Antoni T├ápies, 1992, pp. 259-285.

Why a pink tank made Prague see red »

July 25th, 1991 | Posted in: Art & its applications, Articles General, Czecho-Slovakia, War & peace

One night in the summer of 1991, a young Czech artist named David Cerny went out onto the streets of Prague with some friends and painted a Soviet tank pink. The action caused a row that extended throughout Czechoslovakia, a country that had yet to divide into Slovakia and the Czech Republic. It had international ramifications too. Published in the Guardian 25 July 1991. A fuller version of the article appears in my book Tank: The Progress of a Monstrous War Machine (2000).