[NetBehaviour] Anti-Personnel Land Mines Project, Thurs April 16, 4-7

Trish Stone tstone at ucsd.edu
Mon Apr 13 19:45:46 CEST 2009

UC San Diego News Release
March 19, 2009
Media Contact: Doug Ramsey, (858) 822-5825, dramsey at ucsd.edu
New Exhibit at UC San Diego Uses Sensors, Art to Highlight Hazards of
Anti-Personnel Land Mines
Starting April 16, students walking into the engineering courtyard off
Warren Mall on the University of California, San Diego campus will encounter
something scary: whole areas of grassy space cordoned off with
yellow-and-black hazard tape and signs bearing the inscription, ³Danger ­
Minefield ­ Do Not Proceed,² in English, Spanish, French, Arabic, Chinese,
Hindi and five other languages.
It¹s part of an indoor-outdoor art exhibition called the Anti-Personnel
Mines Project, by Carlos Trilnick, which opens to the public on April 16 in
the gallery at calit2, part of the UC San Diego division of the California
Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology (Calit2). The
launch coincides with a panel discussion and reception the same day, from
4-7 p.m.
Trilnick, an Argentine media artist and activist, calls attention to the
insidious nature of land mines, which continue to take lives, often of
civilians, long after an open conflict has ended.
³This work attempts to create awareness and activism in public opinion
around this danger, which disproportionately affects civilian populations
such as war refugees, children, women and the rural poor,² said Trilnick, a
professor at the University of Buenos Aires and former visiting professor at
UC San Diego in 2008. ³[At UCSD] it caught my attention that the campus is
located on former military land which could have had mines, that there are
still military arms manufacturers along the La Jolla-San Diego corridor, and
that there is a continual roar overhead from military aircraft coming and
going. These scenes were on top of the fact that the United States has not
signed the Ottawa Treaty that bans the manufacturing, destruction of
stockpiles and de-activation of anti-personnel mines, so it made me think
that presenting this project in this context would shed light and provoke
The landscape portion of the exhibit will be on view for one week starting
April 16, while the interactive gallery installation runs through June 10 in
the venue on the first floor of Atkinson Hall. For this show, the
gallery at calit2 has installed artificial turf to simulate a field ­ and hide
the location of sensors that are stand-ins for land mines. When a visitor
accidentally steps on a sensor, it detonates the sound of an explosion, and
a motion-controlled video projector activates a series of visual sequences
on the gallery walls. The visual sequences show the effects of
anti-personnel mines on people through images, statistical data, maps and
conceptual phrases alluding to the need for efforts to end the use of land
Said Trilnick: ³The areas that produce interactivity in the system of
sensors are fleeting and vary from moment to moment, so the spectator cannot
identify the precise location of the next Œmine¹. This adds to the
uncertainty, the unexpected and perhaps the horror.²
Since 1980, Trilnick has been one of the pioneers of video art in Latin
America, and his works ­ ranging from video installations and multimedia art
to photography and online projects ­ have been exhibited extensively in
Europe, Latin America and the U.S., including the Museum of Modern Art in
New York. He is a senior professor in the Faculty of Architecture, Design
and Urban Development at the University of Buenos Aires. In addition to UC
San Diego, Trilnick is also a Visiting Professor at universities in Colombia
and Ecuador. Trilnick co-directs the Media Laboratory at the Talpiot
Institute of Buenos Aires (a primary and secondary school), and coordinates
the audio-visual media program ³Vale la Pena,² which curates programs of a
broad range of contemporary work that engages social issues across the arts.
In a companion catalog to be published in Spanish and English by Calit2,
Trilnick notes that, ³While there are more than 110 million mines deployed
and ready to explode in 64 countries, another 100 million are currently in
storage. Around 100 corporations in 15 countries produce 50,000 mines every
week. That means five new mines every minute become a threat against peace
on our planet.²
³Carlos Trilnick is an artist with a conscience who has the uncanny ability
to get a visceral response from the viewer to the underlying condition
expored by the artist,² said UC San Diego visual arts professor Ricardo
Dominguez, co-chair of the committee that oversees the gallery at calit2. ³At a
time when land-mine explosions worldwide continue to result in roughly 2,000
deaths and more than 800 mutilations every month, this art work makes an
important artistic as well as political contribution.²
The exhibition calls attention to the 42 countries that have not yet signed
the 1999 Ottawa Treaty to prohibit the use or manufacture of anti-personnel
mines, including the world¹s largest countries: China, India, Russia and the
United States. U.S.-based Claymore, Inc. remains the world¹s largest maker
of land mines.
The gallery at calit2 reflects the nexus of innovation implicit in Calit2's
vision, and aims to advance our understanding and appreciation of the
dynamic interplay among art, science and technology. Calit2 is a partnership
between UC San Diego and UC Irvine that is organized around
cross-disciplinary projects on the future of telecommunications, information
technology, new media arts and other technologies that will transform a
range of applications important to the California economy and citizens'
quality of life. 
New Exhibition: ³Anti-Personnel Mines Project²
By Carlos Trilnick
Panel Discussion*
April 16, 4-5pm
Calit2 Auditorium, Atkinson Hall, UCSD
Gallery Reception*
April 16, 5-7pm
Lobby, Atkinson Hall, UCSD
*Note: Panel discussion and gallery reception open to the public; RSVP
requested to Trish Stone, Gallery Coordinator, tstone at ucsd.edu or (858)

Interactive Installation:
April 16-June 10, 2009
Monday-Friday, 11am­5pm*
gallery at calit2
Atkinson Hall
University of California, San Diego
9500 Gilman Drive, La Jolla, CA 92093
Map & Directions: http://atkinsonhall.calit2.net/directions/
http://gallery.calit2.net <http://gallery.calit2.net/>
http://www.calit2.net <http://www.calit2.net/>
* [Note: Closed May 25 in observance of Memorial Day]
Landscape Installation:
April 16-23, 2009 
Thursday-Thursday, All Day
Engineering Courtyard, off Warren Mall, UCSD

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