Collateral Damage

Conceptual Art

The series “Collateral Damage” by d.thign strikingly illustrates the fuzzy relationship between benefit and effect.

We want our actions to have consequences and make an impact. Only target-oriented actions are considered successful and satisfying. The greater the force used, the stronger the effect. Action meets context. Boundaries are first of all a mental construct.

collateral damage noun

Meaning: deaths of or injury to civilians (= people not in the armed forces) or [schwererer] damage to buildings that are not connected to the military during a war. People say ‘collateral damage’ to avoid saying ‘innocent people being killed’.

(figurative) As forests are cleared for logging, woodland caribou become collateral damage (= the animals die even though they are not deliberately killed).

Source: Oxford Learner’s Dictionaries