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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]

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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.[1] 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.

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Departments, Centres and Research Units: Art
Item ID: 2921
Date Deposited: 11 May 2010 07:33
Last Modified: 07 Dec 2012 12:52
URI: http://research.gold.ac.uk/id/eprint/2921
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