Miguel Proença

University: University of South Wales


Artist Statement: During the Cold War, after the first satellite launch into space, the Soviets began developing an automatic rocket system capable of retaliate potential nuclear attacks launched by the allies in the West. The system based on a series of transmitted codeword messages, known as monoliths, allowed from distance to trigger a counter-attack with the push of a button. For centuries the flatlands of the Baltics settle a buffer zone between Russia and the West. Since 1976, known as the Buzzer (ZhUOZ), the station of the Russian Western Military District network operates on the frequency of 4625 kHZ uninterruptedly sending similar coded messages to analogous military outposts along the western periphery.

Today, the Baltic states under the NATO umbrella belong to the western world, still ripples from the past remain. Russia consistently sought to maintain the strings of influence among the numerous compatriots living within its former territories.

As the information warfare escalates amidst Russia and the West, the Baltic states provide a space to scrutinize identity shifts, while reflecting on the role and influence that mass media exerts on shaping the same identities. The confrontation of ideologies strengths the urgency to contain and control the territory, thus enduring the image of a military might into the collective minds.

Images from the series  The Buzzer (ZhUOZ)

Images from the series The Buzzer (ZhUOZ)