As part of the curatorial team of the New Media Gallery (INMG) I have been involved in the conception of an online exhibition. I am happy to announce that it went online today. You can find more information and links below. I hope you will check it out!
The International New Media Gallery (INMG) is pleased to announce the opening of its second exhibition, ‘Thomson & Craighead: A Short Film About War’ (20th May – 25th October 2013).
Visit www.inmg.org.uk to see the show.
‘A Short Film About War’ (2009) is a two-channel video which explores the way contemporary conflict is represented on the Internet. The left-hand screen is comprised of photographs found online, released under a creative commons licence. The right-hand screen references the source of each image. Weaving the sequence together is narration based on blog posts, written by individuals involved in the events depicted.
This year is the anniversary of two important events: twenty years since the first web page went online, and ten years since the second US-led invasion of Iraq. The INMG’s current exhibition marks both of these occasions. The Internet has had military connections since its inception, and this exhibition aims to explore some of the current links between the two. Since 1993, the Internet has become a dominant tool for communication. This has changed our understandings of war: today at the touch of a button we can access a myriad of blogs, photographs or footage by soldiers or citizens from across the world. As certain conflicts unfold through real-time Twitter updates, sometimes it can be hard to shift through the excess of information; turning each web user into a data-hunter in a vast archive.
The exhibition is accompanied by a catalogue with contributions by Jo Chard, Edwin Coomasaru, Alan Ingram and Tom Snow. It can be downloaded for free at:
Snow places ‘A Short Film About War’ within the context of the essay film genre and discusses the impact of digital technologies as artistic medium. He also discusses the representation of war as a circulation of digital data. Chard and Coomasaru approach such issues with Thomson & Craighead in an interview, focusing on the way conflict is mediated online. In their conversation they also deliberate tensions between the Internet as a tool of mass surveillance and platform to organise collective political activity. Ingram’s essay also touches on this point. His text investigates the idea that ‘A Short Film About War’ might be engaging in an experimental geopolitics, reflecting on information infrastructures and the links between technologies and power.