READY NOW is an installation project of the swiss artist barbara caveng, which took shape and was realised through broad-based, religious as well as nationally varied participation between the months of may and december 2003 in berlin. it poses the question of personal cultural identity as against the collectivism as instrumentalised by the media and state or religious sponsers - behind which the unmistakability of the individual vanishes.
the centre of the installation is a carpet, 4,5m x 2,5m big, which resembles in design the oriental prayer mat. In the background of the carpet sails the american aircraft carrier abraham lincoln with the words READY NOW formed by human bodies. relgious symbolism collides with armed conflict, just as the conflict between the occidental and oriental ideology has been presented since some years as well by the media to push through prevailing interests.