Random War (2012) is based on artist Charles A. Csuri’s original artwork Random War (1967). This new online version uses gaming logics and the Internet to reach a global audience. However, like war itself, Random War is not a game. It is art that comments on the consequences of war. As a Real-time interactive art object, it gives immediacy and creates a personal experience.
In Random War (2012), anyone with a Facebook account, some Facebook Friends, and the Random War (2012) software can create a Random War. Simply enter the Random War game, allow your Facebook database of Friends to be uploaded, and press “play.” The results of Random War will unfold in front of you in a dizzying array of imagery and text. When Random War finishes, the Facebook Friends’ names will be part of the art object, having been assigned to one of five categories: “Dead,” “Wounded,” “Missing,” “Survived,” or “Medals Awarded.” One hero for each side will be named.