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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CIRCLE OF WAR

Arkady Babchenko

Concept: War as that psycho-and-physical life’s circle whence no one is ever able to return

 

The concept is linked to an idea of getting into the zone, entering the circle, where the usual “state of peace” begins to change into the “state of war”. This is the place where the reassembling of the whole human being, his chemical and biological processes, begins. The “animal” is being born within a man, and the “person” gets destroyed. Special trauma is caused when the war is unjust and a human being does not know what he is killing those other humans for. If at first he watches all that is around like a movie, then later whatever is happening gets him to the core. The taboos on murder are suspended and the nearing death entails a whole change in the apparatus of human perception. Euphoria rules, sometimes you are shot and you laugh. You also see that you are not the center of the world, anything can happen to you any minute. The conductivity of your nerves heightens. Your hearing sharpens. Hearing is the main instrument in the modern remote war. It rummages the space and is able to catch something that a normal person can’t even hear. The sense of danger and fore-seeing develops. The sense of space augments, you are not placed within the neutral landscape you are surrounded by your “environment” which always hides danger. You weave it out like a spider. Your sense of time can encompass only short segments.    A day – that is too much. Your sense of fear becomes acute and secrets lots of subspecies. Positive feelings depart, the organism just stops producing them, except euphoria. Aggression and hatred are born as new and constant dimensions. Yet there is another side to it – the moral standard becomes high. You know exactly where heroism and sacrifice is. They coexist with the disintegration of soul side by side. War shows the best and the worst in the man. Once they are back the soldiers continue to judge the world according to those  standards and often can not find any common language with the civilians. At times they feel much closer to their former enemies than to what is considered their “nationals”. The normal range of human feelings returns only too slow. The capacity to love comes last and there is no guarantee. And in fact the final realization comes: once you enter that circle, that zone of war, you can never come back again.