Part of Images of War, War of Images

The Mad Man’s Laughter

Alaa Mansour

Lebanon/Austria 2021, 42 minutes

The Mad Man’s Laughter critically reflects the simulacrum of the so-called global war on terror, and the world of ubiquitous surveillance and simulation it has spawned ever since. By exploring the fictitious entities at play in the military-entertainment complex, the video embarks on a journey across artefacts and precepts shaped by modalities of power and control. Alaa Mansour uses archival material and computer generated imagery, sounds, and texts to navigate both latent and visible spaces of violence carved out by colonial and military image production and the data used to generate algorithmic biases. 


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