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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ARENA: MIND BATTLE

Kartsen Meyhoff

Concept: The war between mass-media for the influence on their audience

 

Modern warfare turns public space - that is the space of the media, television, radio, newspapers - into a battlefield of legitimacy, a battlefield for public consent for either conducting war or public opinion against conducting war. In that sense one could say that modern warfare takes place on several battlefields or arenas, as I would like to call them, at the same time. In general an arena is a defined space with spectators, in this case the public. In the arena the public observe journalists, editors, publishers, intellectuals, writers, politicians, the military and other players, struggle in order to produce legitimacy and authority for a given opinion. And I think it is crucial to keep in mind that consent is not a given fact of life: it has to be produced, engineered, to use a quote from the famous propagandist Edward Bernays.

What is at stake here is the question of who is producing the dominating narratives and images of our social and collective imagination? In short who shapes and controls the public opinion about war? With a concept borrowed from the American author William Burroughs one could call this ongoing battle the mind war. In reality this is a brutal spectacle of life and death, literally. And the public, the people, will give their thumbs up or down until the fight is over. And so justify the act of war or not.