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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SHALAMOV: WAR/CAMP

Mikhail Ryklin

Concept: Great Patriotic war as a coverage for camps. The main warning that can be discerned from the works of Shalamov is that the new image of an enemy (lost after the end of the Cold War) will be created through the new state terrorism.

 

Varlam Shalamov is a conceptual personage of the Soviet history who represents the point of view of the refuted, suppressed and numerous part of the population for which the events of the Great Patriotic War remained remote and peripheral in their everyday struggle to survive the camp system. If modern ideologists think that the mutation creating Russian nation anew was the victory in the Second World War, Shalamov would argue otherwise: Russia’s main genetic “mutation” is the experience of the State terror and the camps. War according to Shalamov was a coverage of the camps and in many ways it borrowed the same strategies. The main war that Shalamov knew was the one that happened after the Second World War. It was the massacre that took place in the camps between those criminals that decided to fight in the army, thus breaking the “law of thieves” to never serve the State, and those criminals that remained in the camps, obeying that same “law”. Whatever Shalamov’s analyses brings to the surface it retains a relation to the modern day situation. In our days the classic model of war is being crushed. Since the end of the Cold War an important event – the loss of the Clear Enemy – took place. The events of 9.11 proved – the enemy is invisible, indiscernible. There is no confrontation. So the enemy will have to be recreated! But how? With the help of terror – warns Shalamov. It is now that many basic conventions are being suspended, including the Geneva Convention on the captives. From underneath the camouflage of rhetoric a threat of new state terrorism arrives, the one that would fight with terror “by its own means”. Thus in the experience of the exhausted man  dying in the mine with his pick in his hands, an embodiment of the “invisible enemy” of the system, there is much more truth contained for our future than in the image of a heroic soldier.