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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CLOWN AT WAR

Leo Bassi

Concept: A double war of a clown – the war with the real war and the war with the war of the narratives and stories that media and power tell about wars, justifying themselves

 

There is a common trait between the clown and the war. Both clownship and the war are the liberation of the animalistic instinct that provokes us to violate the accepted rules, step out of the frames of the usual, let ourselves free. Yet there is a difference. War as well as tragedy is something determinate. It is a strict and unalterable decision. There is nothing of the sort in comedy and clownship. It makes us laugh at our most profound emotions, at out highest authorities, but it never follows this till the end and it is never serious. It just keeps the dynamic of spirit and game alive.  In this sense clownship is an opponent and an enemy of war.

Clownship is mobile. And it has always protected those who lead nomadic lives. For it is the sedentary people who have the protection of their neighbors, police and armies. Clownship is the protection of those who do not have their territory to defend, who cross the borders and can be easily attacked. By making people laugh they deprive them of motivation to kill. A clown is his own weapon. Without destroying anyone he keeps moving along a thin line. One of the last victims of (Portuguese) inquisition was the clown and his family. Thus faced with those who want to solve problems once and for all the clown can die as a soldier in his invisible war. So what is the clown’s war?

Nowadays it is twofold. Firstly it is traditional war so close and so opposite to clownship. And secondly there is a new wart, the war of the narratives the media and the power tell in order to justify themselves and their wars. And thus so many people stop doing the real comedy for they are bought by power and show-business. And the lonely war of the clown is to reject that seductive suggestion and to continue to view this world independently. His reward being the pure delight of Truth.