Images of terrorist attacks can be seen live and within seconds they are dispatched throughout media portals around the world. In the UN Security Council a tapestry with the Guernica motif is veiled, and soon after that a satellite photo is presented as a central argument in the legitimization of a war. Images of an execution are broadcasted live to the White House, but no photos are leaked to the public.
Images spread immediately; they appear to be the only evidence needed to make an event credible and experienceable. Seeing is believing – and still images exceed our imagination, our belief in reality. The realization of images not beeing simple representatives of non-media reality, but instead creating their own realities has become an integral part of contemporary image competence. The visual presence of political events, the politicization of images and their uncontrollable speed of circulation has led to a concentrated reflection of the image in the context of contemporary art.