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Dazzle onboard HMS President 1918

Thursday, 19th June 2014

We are excited to announce as part of the WWI centenary anniversary, the Chelsea College of Arts has commissioned the contemporary artist Tobias Rehberger to ‘dazzle’ Go Visual’s office aboard the HMS President 1918.

Dazzle painting was a system for camouflaging ships; introduced in early 1917, at a time when German submarines were threatening to cut off Britain’s trade and supplies. The idea was not to “hide” the ships, but to paint them in such a way that their appearance was optically distorted, so that it was difficult for a submarine to calculate the course that the ships were travelling on, and more importantly, to know from what angle to attack.

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