A story unfolded in London some time ago. To be more precise: the events leading up to it started somewhen around 2008. Out of the blue, love springs up at an office in London, and throughout a duration of six months, neutral acquaintance becomes something special. Both she and he are unable to fight the new sparkle. Until, in the night leading to Friday, February 13th, 2009, this young successful business man leaves, for unclear reasons, his briefcase at York Rd/Sutton Walk, SE1, a tunnel passage to Waterloo Station. Someone, somewhen before 7.57am on 2/13, regards this case as a threat to the public and calls the authorities. The British Transport Police detonates the young businessman`s briefcase. Waterloo Station traffic gets interrupted for the early morning.

In October 2009 this body of work started by incorporating the salvaged remains of this single exploded briefcase and an extensive email conversation that took place between the young businessman and his love interest and finally led to the detonation. The material manifestation of the briefcase, one moment in place and time, became the point of departure. My methodology was influenced by literature on criminology and forensics as well as on exhibit recovery and handling[1,2,3,4,5] before the focus shifted towards the discourse in the field of Critical Terrorism Studies[6,7,8]. This work is accompanied and informed by my research project Language, counter-terrorism, displaced belief: An analysis of measures on the example of 'bags left unattended'[9].

All works grouped under the header 'if you are frightened' are critical towards contemporary political developments and their origins, particularly their state of infancy within their becoming ideology[10]. Although there is an interest for the day to day consequences caused by these processes, the focus of these projects is not on the day to day in party politics.

Suggested here is the necessity to produce mental space – in order to instigate, develop and maintain the possibilities of parallel public through the field of fine art – to overcome binary ideological restrictions inherent in the aforementioned political discourses.

The projects represented in this section are situated in-between the historical and contemporary structures of the terrorism discourse, its implementation within the outlined framework and the imaginative potentiality of its character. There is my curiosity regarding how these conditions are constituting our understanding of (in-)security and the perceived threat caused by, what is referred to as, International Terrorism[11]. sm2010

KEYWORDS | installation | publication | projection | print | private | public | [in]security | safety | BTP | counter-terrorism | detonation | love | transference | displacement | hyper-novel | fictitiousness | reality

[1] Beaufort-Moore, Deborah (2009) Crime Scene Management (Blackstone`s Practical Policing Series). Oxford University Press.

[2] Brookman, Noaks, Wincup (1999) Qualitative Research in Criminology. Ashgate Publ.

[3] Jones, Stephen (2009) Criminology. Oxford University Press.

[4] Staniforth, A., PNLD (2009) Blackstone`s Counter-Terrorism Hand Book. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

[5] Jackson, Richard (2005) Writing the War on Terrorism: Language, Politics and Counter-terrorism. Manchester: Manchester University Press.

[6] British International Studies Association BIAS), working group and journal for Critical Studies on Terrorism (CST)

[7] Book Series: Routledge Critical Terrorism Studies

[8] Centre for the Study of 'Radicalisation' & Contemporary Political Violence (CSRV), Aberystwyth University, Ceredigion, UK.

[9] Mikloweit, Sascha (2010) Language, counter-terrorism, displaced belief: An analysis of measures on the example of 'bags left unattended'. London: Central Saint Martins (unpublished MA thesis).
Paper available on request

[10] I am using the term ideology here in the notion John Collins outlined in his writing in 2002: "In cultural studies,[...], words and ideas that masquerade as neutral or objective "reality," while actually expressing the narrow interests of a dominant group, are called ideology. We can say that ideology is most successful when it is able to ease its own footprints, that is, when people are not aware of the work that had to be done in order to fix the meaning of the word or idea in question.
"Collins, J., Glover, R. (2002) Collateral Language: A User`s Guide to America`s New War. New York University Press.

[11] UK Security Service MI5 // International Terrorism