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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IMAGE WAR

Sotirios Bahtsetzis

Concept: Militarization of our everyday visual language as the new means of modern politics

 

All current debate on the political, social and ideological arena is driven less by an opaque discursivity but rather by a supposedly transparent “imperative to visualize”. The political and ideological  implications of our current “regime of visibility” (T. J. Clark, Bal, van Winkel) and its “politics of visibility” (T. Holert) can be seen as the basis on which ‘war-image-events” (such as September 11) function as hegemonic references towards a universal militarization of visual languages. Both mass-media and official politics have tried to “understand” with rather inept and fruitless attempts the “social”
reasons of the recent riots in Athens in December 2008. These mass-scale events have been declared by theorists, either as a true “event” of metapolitics (Badiou) or as a unique act of the multitude in action
(Hardt and Negri). Talking from the perspective of an eye-witness these 'images of war' during the Athenian riots (police, fire, looting, violence) should be counterparted with 'images of resistance' (naked
bodies, graffiti, carnavalesque happenings) in order to analyses how stereotypical and hegemonic war-imagery has been appropriated as contemporary means of politics, coexisting with conventional ones (i.e.
street demonstrations, political parties’ rallies)