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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RADICAL SIMPLIFICATION

Andrey Tkachenko

Concept: War as a radical simplification of the structure of the social relations and of the structure of individual human feeling

 

War is a radical simplification of the structure of the social relations and of the individual feeling. The main characteristics of the social behavior during the war are: elimination of the nuances and shades of interpersonal communication; facilitation of perception and of the scheme of recognition that now uses only two main signals “WE/ENEMY”. The introduction of strict hierarchical rules and norms of behavior in the social group, the replacement of individual forms of conduct with the group ones; the elaboration of simple and digestible principles and values of “black and white” type (those extremely obvious and direct categories of the “war comradeship”, “honor”, “treason”, “heroic deed” etc); the reduction of the verbal conduct. Now utterance is not verbal but is understood only in the form of an act, a convincing deed. War entails the narrowing of the individual choice; postponing of the far perspectives with their replacement by the closest objectives (survival). The individual human type that provides for the best personal adaptation within the world of war is the one that yet has no full engagement within the many leveled network of social relations and whose self-identification is not yet accomplished. It is the so called “young man”, an infantile, who catches an important aspect of war – its’ “game-like structure” – with strict distribution of roles and set of rules.

The entering the war. The initial euphoria (the general enthusiasm and individual joy and excitement). The expectation of the first unknown experience and the feeling of one’s own preciousness and importance, the feeling of the fullness of existence.

The staying in the war: “animal fear”. This is the metaphor that reflects the essence of the leading affect: the continuous experience of threat to life. The direct attack, the battle is one of the most traumatic experiences that even get erased from memory. While the act of Heroism is something that breaks the circle of “cause and effect” within the affective conduct and suggests an exit from out of the strictly determined world.

The exit out of the war. Society deals with this experience in many ways. It can remove such an experience to the periphery of the consciousness and even discredit the carriers of the direct war experience (“vicious circle of confrontation”). When the time-distance begins to grow there can be a certain esthetization, the creation of an attractive image (romanticizing and retranslation of the experience into the virtual strata). Also there can be the ennobling of the ex-enemy. And finally the society introduces a more multi-dimensional understanding into some earlier black-and-white categories (e.g. the understanding and justification of treason).