Double culpability/double subjectivity: Thomson and Craighead’s A Short Film about War, Animate Projects
Le Feuvre, Lisa. 2010. Double culpability/double subjectivity: Thomson and Craighead’s A Short Film about War, Animate Projects. Animate, [Article]No full text available
Abstract or Description
How can one claim to make a film about war, let alone a short one? To make a film ‘about’ anything always results in approximation.
Engagement with this very failure, though, can initiate complicated entanglements with doubt that open a possibility for politics. Often, a specific subject is most forcefully discussed when attention is paid to matters of concern rather than matters of fact. While film may allude to replicating events, images, locations and questions, it is always constructed through filters of subjectivity.
Thomson and Craighead’s A Short Film about War uses the structural language of documentary film, working with material relating to conflict gathered during 2007 and 2008 from publicly accessible archives on the Internet, proposing a means of describing war from pre-existing images and descriptions. War is a contention of power relations, asserted through both actions, and transmission of those actions; as communication technologies evolve so does the representation of war.