Maarten Vanden Eynde

War on Terror

2016
160 different earplugs, glass and wood vitrine, 80 x 60 x 8 cm.

War on Terror is a collection of 160 different earplugs displayed like bullets in a cabinet, ordered by caliber. They exist in countless different colours and shapes and are used for a wide variety of activities like sleeping, using machines, playing or listening to music, swimming, flying, hunting or shooting guns for practice. Loud music or noise is commonly used as torture method, and so is sleep deprivation. 

War on Terror displays just one of each pair, symbolising the bias and one-sidedness relating to the common western view on terrorism and war on terror that is made available through various media. In general people favour hearing one side of the story and are deaf for the alternative and often opposing voice. It is also alluding to the terror of mass consumption and the endless variety of choice.