DICTIONARY

ARENA: MIND CONFLICT
Kartsen MEYHOFF
Denmark

BLITZKRIEG
Friedrich KITTLER
Germany

PAINE. MEMORY. A MEMORY-BOOK
Zoya YEROSHOK
Russia

WAR AND PEACE IN TERMS AND DEFINTIONS
Dmitry LOSKUTOV
Russia/Brussels

IMAGE WAR
Sotirios BAHTSETZIS
Greece

REDEMPTION OF THE HOSTAGES
Viacheslav IZMAILOV
Russia

WARS, WAVES, RULERS
Wladimir VELMINSKY
Russia/Germany

HARMONY (WAR SONG)
Yuki HIGASHINO
Japan/Frankfurt

CIVIL WAR
Valery PODOROGA
Russia

INTERPRETATIONS
Oleg NIKISHIN
Russia

INFORMATION
Dmitry ROGOZIN
Russia

ZONE INERDITE
Christoph WACHTER
Germany
Mathias JUD
Switzerland/Berlin

CLOWN (AT WAR)
Leo BASSI
Italy/Spain

CIRCLE OF WAR
Arkady BABCHENKO
Russia

CONCEPT - UNKNOWN SOLDIER
Oleg ARONSON
Russia

CORPORATION
Uzochukwu NDUKA
Nigeria

CAT-NOTATION
Joulia STRAUSS
Russia /Berlin

FACES OF TERROR
Anthony BEEVOR
UK

IMAGE OF AN ENEMY
Ljubov VINOGRADOVA
Russia

UN: CONDITIONS FOR PEACE
Vladimir PETROVSKY
Russia

REFUSAL
Roman SCHMIDT
Germany

HEROISM
Boris LEONOV
Russia

ANCESTORS
Nikolay PLUZHNIKOV
Russia

SERGEANT KOSOV: PEACEMAKER
German VINOGRADOV
Russia

RADICAL SIMPLIFICATION
Andrey TKACHENKO
Russia

SNIPER
Jakob BOESKOV
Denmark/NY

STRATEGIC CONFLICT PREVENTION
Anton IVANOV
Russia

LEVEL OF DISPERSION. ASHES
Ilya PLEKHANOV
Russia

FINANCIAL WAR (EX-VASION)
Sigudrur INGOLFSSON
Iceland

PRIVATE WAR
Obrad SAVIC
Serbia/UK

SHALAMOV:WAR/CAMP
Mikhail RYKLIN
Russia

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ABOUT



«DICTIONARY OF WAR. SESSION IX» is a joint initiative of the Berlin publishing house «Merve» and of Moscow "Logos publishers". It will take place on the anniversary of the beginning of the Second World War (Sept.1, 1939). It is an international action that includes more than 30 participants from 14 different countries. The format is strict – everyone has but twenty minutes to make a statement, to introduce his/her own concept of War. The organizers of the project based it on Gilles Deleuze and Félix Guattary's ideas of Concepts and Conceptual Personages. According to Deleuze and Guattary Concepts must be created, produced, invented, they are not word definitions, neither they are expressions of original opinions. They are not entertainment. They are linked to problems which they are bound to answer to and without which they have no value. Conceptual Personage is the one who fully embodies within himself his own conceptual plan or field of action, his own responsibility.

People of very different «fields of actions», professions were asked to take part in this action. Philosophers and photographers, historians and lawyers, negotiators, psychiatrists, financiers, restoring the broken banking system, war writers and politicians, and diplomats and poets. Each one embodies within himself that what he speaks about, each one chooses his own Word-Concept for the Dictionary of War to make his statement. Each has his own War but the evidence of each and every one contributes to the self-articulation of the civil society as such. For in these statements Society looks in the direction it usually escapes to look into, entrusting itself in the hands of the State and the Military.

"DICTIONARY OF WAR" numbers 8 sessions already. It has more than 150 concepts already. It began in 2006 on the initiative of Berlin publishing house «Merve» and two artistic groups «Unfriendly Take Over» and «Multitude». The action took place during the anti-war campaigns and it engaged intellectuals from all over the world. It was organized first in several German cities and then moved across the borders to Serbia, Italy, Korea and Taiwan. Russian Session is the IX-th. Not only doest it take place in the dates of the Second World War anniversary, it also takes place on the anniversary of the Second Chechen War (7 Aug. 1999) and of Terrorist Attack in Beslan (1 September 2004).

Russian cultural and civic landscape is in many ways penetrated by War. It knows so many wars – World Wars, Civil Wars, Cold Wars, Local Wars, and Repressive Wars of State against its own Population. The theme is so close to the surface, that it could not but determine a special context for the Russian session. It is less centered round Theory and Concept, and More round the Conceptual Personage and Evidence. It is guided by experience that is being thought through by someone who wants to keep holding War at a distance with the strength of heart and mind.

 



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