"Stealth" is a series of related works begun post 9/11 and developed during the U.S. invasion of Afghanistan and the Iraq war. The installation attempts to measure unquantifiable distances, from the eye of a smart bomb to fragments left on the pavement, between the contested geographies of war and daily life in the United States.
Rothenberg's research began with a visit to The Natick Soldier Systems Center, a Department of Defense installation responsible for technology development and engineering of US military food, clothing, shelters, airdrop systems, and soldier support. She met with a member of the Materials and Systems Integration Team, the group that develops and tests camouflage. Given access to night vision goggles, body armor, and camouflage make-up; Rothenberg toured various climatic dioramas used to test camouflage effectiveness; and examined their extensive collection of military uniforms from international armies. After several hours a military team member, asked Rothenberg if she would mind answering a question - could she tell him about Mondrian and Seurat and what they have to do with camouflage?
As an installation, Stealth is a series of related works. Wall-sized maps made from the cut seams of camouflage clothing. Each map is punctuated with numbered tacks and tiny plastic flags. There's a wall text of excerpts from patriotic songs, a how-to diagram exhorting you to strip camouflage clothing off the backs of your friends along with instructions for the storage and containment of this dangerous and invasive material.
Each part of the installation functions independently, expands and contracts according to venue, and can be shown individually or as a group. The installation can also function as a site for performance and readings.