The Alan Sondheim Mail Archive

January 24, 2016


Images of war keep on coming,
the cleansed and proper body.

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Images of war are always difficult to decipher, in particular
when they're digital constructs. I worked here with the
elusiveness of the imaginary, with a sense of escape and even
obscenity, as these are crude productions. I deliberately used a
netbook and tablet with a Second Life browser, so that rendering
parameters were kept at the lowest level; the screen renditions
are redolent of peripheral or drone vision, close-up but
undetailed. It's as if we're watching the war from the machine,
instead of the machinery of war - and the machine, mute, has no
knowledge, in these cases, of what it sees. I think of Capa's
images of war, and the implicit violence of the construction of
these respondents as well. The territory is Odyssey in Second
Life, the casualties, my own.

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