V&A Digital Design Weekend @ The White Building.

19 Sep - 21 Sep 2014

//// FREE ////

Private View Fri 19 Sept, 6.30pm – 9.00pm

Exhibition runs Sat 20 – Sun 21 Sept, 11.00am – 6.00pm

in the White Building Event Space.


As part of the V&A’s Digital Design Weekend  -  20 & 21 Sept 2014, The White Building will be collaborating with the V&A to show the London premiere of the  installation Endless War by YoHa and Matthew Fuller.

This is part of the Data as Culture programme led by the Open Data Institute in partnership with Lighthouse gallery (Brighton), and FutureEverything (Manchester).


Endless War, YoHa (Matsuko Yokokoji & Graham Harwood) with Matthew Fuller [2012].

Endless War is a large moving image installation using data from the Wikileak​s​ release of the US army Afghanistan war diaries. On 25th July 2010, WikiLeaks released the Afghan War Diary, exposing over 91,000 reports covering the war in Afghanistan from 2004 to 2010. Written by soldiers and officers, ​the data includes ​​intelligence information, ​descriptions of military actions, meetings, and other information. While some of the data was interpreted and published by newspapers, the full data set – containing ​​endless permutation of jargon, acronyms and cross-references -​ ​remains mostly inaccessible.

Endless War is a video installation ​revealing the real-time processing of this data, seen from a series of different analytical points of view: each individual entry, phrase matching between entries and searches for the frequency of terms.

It shows how the way war is thought relates to the way it is fought. Both are seen as, potentially endless, computational processes. The algorithmic imaginary of contemporary power meshes with the drawn out failure of imperial adventure.

Endless War is presented at The White Building as part of the V&A Digital Design Weekend 20 & 21 September and is curated by Shiri Shalmy.