Dazzle Camouflage represents a confluence of art and defence. It was applied for the 18 months before the end of World War 1, just before the development of radar, when the most abstract modernist speculations on the perception and representation of space were being applied for the real purpose of warfare: to confuse the enemy and to protect shipping from submarine attacks. The point of intersection between art and war at this point was the new understanding of space. In the late 20th century, cyberspace and digital culture have revolutionised our understanding of space, but in 1917 the fracturing of space, and multiple viewpoints in western art represented a revolution grounded in emerging technologies: photography, flight and radio. Picasso embodies this zeitgeist in Les Demoiselles d’Avignon. In Cubism, for the first time in art, space was autonomous. For the first time in war, space was dominated, fought over and directed from multiple viewpoints.
Camilla Wilkinson is Degree Studio Leader and co-runs a Diploma Studio at the University of Westminster. She is also an architect and artist who has worked for William Alsop, Sauerbruch and Hutton, and Allies and Morrison. Her current research centres on Dazzle Camouflage and meaning in architecture.
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