Unabomber can be art?

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Published on: 19 October 2006

Bible bomb

Il lavoro di Green, quindi, suggerisce dei metodi per compromettere lo status quo e favorire un cambiamento sociale. Chi dice che l’arte deve essere innocua?

Since the mid-1980′s Gregory Green has created performances and artworks exploring the evolution of empowerment, which consider the use of violence, alternatives to violence and the accessibility to information and technology as vehicles for social or political change.

Many of Green’s artistic investigations have focused on terrorism and the possibilities for sabotage of the physical infrastructure, and the ease in which individuals, armed with readily available information, can endanger the status quo. Green thoroughly researched and produced a series of pipe, book, suitcase and nuclear bomb sculptures. He also created several guided missiles that could be armed with conventional, bio-chemical or nuclear devices. These artworks, although containing no explosives, are otherwise carefully designed to be mechanically complete and potentially functional-including a 10-Kiloton nuclear device, minus only the needed plutonium.
Nuclear device
One work suggesting how to manufacture large quantities of LSD as a form of civil disruption was seized by the police in 1995 after raiding a gallery, briefly jailing its director, and issuing a warrant for Green’s arrest.

Green’s ongoing body of work emphasizes the power of non-violent means for effecting change in existing political and economic structures. Appropriate to the current technological, information and communications revolution, Green’s recent works examine the possibilities for individual or independent control of information and communication systems. Accordingly, he has created computer virus multiples, as well as installation tableaus of operable pirate broadcast units and satellite prototypes.

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