Endless War

Matthew Fuller and YoHa 2011

On 25th July 2010, WikiLeaks released the Afghan War Diary, exposing over 91,000 (15,000 withheld) 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. The entries were analysed by software looking for repeated patterns of events, spatial information, kinds of actors, timings and other factors. 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.


Multiple video projection, customised PC with microphone, speakers, bespoke software


Data as Culture 2014
March 2014 – February 2015 at the Open Data Institute

Data Types

Metadata, Personal, Processed, Retrieved, Shared, Social, State, Static

About the Artists

Matthew Fuller’s books include  ‘Media Ecologies, Materialist Energies in Art and Technoculture’, ‘Behind the Blip, Essays on the Culture of Software’ and ‘Elephant & Castle’.  He works at the Centre for Cultural Studies, Goldsmiths, University of…
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Graham Harwood and Matsuko Yokokoji (YoHa translates to English as ‘aftermath’) have lived and worked together since 1994. YoHa’s graphic vision and technical tinkering has powered several celebrated collaborations establishing an international reputation for pioneering arts…
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Endless War, YoHa with Matthew Fuller, 2011. Multiple video projection, customised PC with microphone, speakers, bespoke software