Part of Accidents


Ethan Crenson

(US, 1996, video, 7:00)

This is an historical document set in an undefined place and time, which details the threat of a nuclear attack. Found footage from war documentaries and films are interspliced with menacing images of nuclear warheads, shaped like ping-pong balls and placed in mousetraps wait to be launched at a moment’s notice. Pealing bells, insects preparing for battle, massing troops, a voice exhorting the people on and an arsenal of weapons being primed for war create a threatening situation. Fortunately the arsenal is relatively harmless.


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