THE HISTORY OF WAR
GRAPHICS & WORDS: GEORGE PETROS
The History of
1992: pen & ink, acrylic, pencil and China marker on Bristol board, 4” x 180” (cut into nine 4” x 20” strips), shot for reproduction on an Itek Photostat machine. The accompanying text, not shown in the video, was prepared via Microsoft Word on a Mac Quadra 605.
2010 additions: photo & illustration collage via Photoshop, 2,000 x 14,000 pixels, executed on a Mac mini; voice overdubs processed via Audacity; new art added to original by Paul Horton; soundscape by Robert Lund.
In 1992 I created The History of War for inclusion in EXIT Magazine. A black-and-white timeline, it showed a forest/jungle kinda place encroached upon by evolving warriors and war machines. In the beginning savage and simple, the warriors eventually sport hi-tech weapons and space-age strategies. It ended in an era dominated by robots and computers — essentially the near-future as seen from 1992. For 2010's updated ending I added color graphics showing humanity's conquest of the universe, extermination of aliens, and self-destruction through use of the anti-matter weapon.
Art director and digital documentarian Paul Horton turned the updated piece into a movie which he combined with the soundtrack and credits via Adobe Premiere CS4.
Programmer and digital guru Robert Lund combined a variety of nature and Sci-Fi sound effects with the voice-over track via GarageBand.
Many thanks to Deanna M. Lehman.