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06/22/14 -Nowhere Zone - Control Module #1

Control Module #1 was an installation by Nowhere Zone, the current project of Baltimore artist Nick Vyssotsky. The installation was held between June 7 - June 22 at the Rock512Devil gallery and bookstore. Control Module #1 consisted of an object meant to reproduce the lights of a squad car, flanked on either side by the U.S. and Maryland state flags, which exhibit the authority and principles of the object they accompany. On the  walls surrounding were several digital prints mounted on wood panels illustrating different graphic configurations of the environment created by CM#1

It’s common in Baltimore for squad cars to leave their back lights on at all times, insinuating a situation of permanent emergency. On a scale of 1 to 10 in terms of ‘activity’ this places all squad cars participating in this action at around five. Generally the use of police lights on squad cars is meant to be a reaction to some type of insurgent action. However, in this quite common situation, the action/reaction chain seems to be inverted, with the action potentially not existing at all, and the cop reaction existing constantly. In a war culture such as ours where the concept of the preemptive strike is the norm, this inversion is completely unsurprising.

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