Experimental Documentary Video 2003
Part One – ‘That Which Is Not There’
Examines the euphemistic language used by the TV media to describe or camouflage violent acts.
Part Two – ’3 Memories of War’
Explores the history of how representations of war violence contributed to anti-war movements in Vietnam and World War II.
Part Three – ‘Questioning Entertainment’
Highlights the paradox of violent imagery that is ‘entertaining.’
This three-part video piece was my attempt to channel some of the horror and frustration I felt during the 2003 US invasion of Iraq. I was struck by the ways the media at the time glossed over any explicit depictions of the violence that was ensuing. This led me to question whether, given the proliferation of violent imagery that functions as entertainment in our culture, it would be possible to generate anti-war sentiment by explicitly depicting the effects of the war’s violence.