Ian Christie: Visuality and War
Wednesday | November 19 | 3pm | Ian Christie: Oh What a Lovely War. How has 1914 been commemorated in 2014?
Television, radio and print media throughout the world have all been marking the outbreak of WWI during recent months. What strategies have they followed, and are there instructive national, and media, differences? How does WWI work as playground for contemporary uses and abuses of 'big history'?
Thursday | November 20 | 6:30pm | O What a Lovely War | Richard Attenborough | 1969 | screening with an introduction by Ian Christie
The play that inspired Richard Attenborough's film was a ferocious satire on official attitudes to World War 1, using music-hall and Brechtian techniques to portray the absurdity and indict the generals and politicians, and the film still packs a strong punch.
Friday November 21 | 10am | Ian Christie – In the Sights: War and Visuality
Paul Virilio's account of the 'logistics of perception' exposes how much warfare has always involved visual technologies, which in turn enhance its visual appeal in the wider culture. The connection is closer than ever today, with combat a key feature of video-games, but what can we learn from media archaeological approaches to representing war?