Title: Art and War
Broadcast: Resonance FM
Date: July - August 2006
Type: media project
'Art and War' - a 5 part mini-series exploring contemporary understandings of war through cultural representations.
Although a relatively small percentage of the British (and British-based) population are directly involved in combat today, representations and responses to war make a huge impact on contemporary society both politically and culturally. A year after the July 7th London bombings, what the war theorist von Clausewitz called 'the continuation of politics by other means' and its threat remain a tangible social and cultural concern at home and internationally.
This varied set of interviews aims to interrogate why artists, critics and writers from different disciplines are drawn to this subject matter, the relationship between art and politics in the Twenty-First Century and how such cultural propositions intermingle with informational styles of reporting on war.
Part One - War and the War Artist
John Keane, official war artist for the Imperial War Museum during the 1st Gulf War discusses his work in areas of war and conflict.
John Keane is represented by Flowers Gallery: www.flowerseast.com
Part Two - War and Sound
Dr Steve Goodman, head of the Sonic Culture MA at the University of East London talks about his research into sonic warfare and the notion of sound as weapon.
Part Three - War and Gaming
Axel Stockburger, artist and games researcher explores the relationship between military simulation exercises and commercial computerised war games.
Part Four - War and Performance
Richard Dedomenici, live artist, discusses his recent international performances that look at the war on terror, security and cultures of fear since September 11th 2001.
Part Five - War and Lebanon
An attempt to show the diversity of work being done by artists, theorists and writers who are working (or who have worked) in the Lebanon, through a audio clips, website links, telephone interviews and written comments from artists about the link between art and politics in their own work.