Bellum Omnium Contra Omnes, ( a Hobbesian term meaning “war of all against all”) by William Powhida and Jade Townsend, is their the latest collaborative depiction of a contemporary art world in seriocomic conflict. Exhibited at Freight + Volume, it is described by the artists as a more earnest “attempt to understand, rather than make fun of the art world than their previous collaboration Art Basel Miami Beach Hooverville , described by Jerry Saltz as “a great big art-world stink bomb”.
Art News describes the art world of Bellum as “a lurid battleground where artists, posers, critics, dragons, Internet trolls, and Modernist ghosts fight for their lives”; “a brutal, bacchanalian landscape, patrolled by the ghosts of Modernism and MakerBot robot armies. Abstraction and figuration engage in brutal combat.”
The article also has a ticklish slideshow which zooms in and identifies interesting details and real-life figures within the map.
There is a also an article about it on Rhizome where this “Boschean Where’s Waldo?” is described as ” “an excellent time-waster, both funny and irritating”.