Artists Johannes Grenzfurthner and James Brothwell from monochrom have taken the iconic M41A rifle from the 1986 film Aliens and placed it in the hands of a Muppet — Kermit The Frog. The incongruous 1950s style pop art drawing is titled It’s A Bug Hunt — fitting given a frog’s natural appetite and Kermit’s origins in that post-war decade. Those who have seen the film will recall the memorable line uttered by the film’s laconic Corporal Hicks, a United States Colonial Marine who sees through his commanding officer’s spin on their orders to investigate some kind of alien life form, a xenomorph. In the end, the 22nd Century’s most advanced weapons and fiercest fighters are no match for what they find.
Cutting-edge is a term thrown around quite a bit. So is disruptive. Innovative. These labels actually all apply to Grenzfurthner, who started the technology, art and philosophy collective monochrom. His work explores everything from the future of robotics to the hacker and maker movements to technology and sexuality to the politics of memory. (Look for an upcoming Art of Future Warfare project interview with the Austrian artist.)
It’s A Bug Hunt is an image worth considering as the deadline approaches for the Art of Future Warfare project’s space and interstellar conflict short-story contest set in the last decade of the 21st Century. See the contest details.