PROGRAM 2: DOMESTIC MANEUVERS
Alternative Histories of Modern Conflict
Saturday, 7 June, 20.00h, Cinema
With a sense of irony, undisguised critique and brazen appropriation, this program comments on the deterritorialization of war in civil life and common consciousness. The marriage of industry, media and the military in a world full of dangers, horrors and terrorists is targeted by a selection of films and videos ranging from a 1936 activist film against militarism to an ambivalent up-to-date campaign by modern American environmentalists.
AMERICA IS WAITING
16mm / 00:04:00 / USA / 1982
The lyrics of America is Waiting ‘Well now, you can’t blame the people – blame the government! Take it in again! Again! Again! America is Waiting for a message of some kind or another’, cued Conner for a piece which examines ideas of loyalty, power, patriotism and paranoia. (Anthony Reveaux)
SCENES FROM THE MICRO WAR
video / 00:24:00 / USA / 1985
‘The worst of times – riots, famine, war – could be just around the corner and, in the battle to survive, this family is going to be battle-ready from here on in.’ This fractured narrative follows the misadventures of a family hypnotized by Reagan’s Space Wars, state terrorism and Rambo fashions in a time when the family has shifted from consumerist unit to military train- ing force.
Norman McLaren / Helen Biggar
16mm / 00:15:00 / GB, Canada / 1936
Using puppets, live action inserts and animation, Hell Unlimited is an extraordinary film about the evils of the arms race, which ends in a call for people to unite and protest against militarism.
GEORGE / PARODY
The Detroit Project / Americans for Fuel Efficient Cars
video / 00:00:30 / USA / 2002
‘This is George. This is the gas that George bought for his SUV. This is the oil company executive that sold the gas that George bought for his SUV…’ George/Parody is part of a citizens’ ad campaign aimed at getting people to stop driving SUVs and other gas-guzzling vehicles while, at the same time, making a statement about US politics against terrorism.
THE IRAQ CAMPAIGN 1991
video / 00:19:00 / USA / 1992
The Iraq Campaign 1991 transforms network news footage, clips from Star Trek, and sports coverage into a devastating critique of the media/industrial complex. The tape reinterprets the 1991 Gulf War and explores myths, symbols and narratives of warfare and consumer culture.