[NetBehaviour] Review of A Short Film About War by Thomson & Craighead.

marc garrett marc.garrett at furtherfield.org
Wed Aug 19 14:49:58 CEST 2009

Review of A Short Film About War by Thomson & Craighead.

Thou God Seest Me: Some Gathered Thoughts for A Short Film About War.

Review by Mark Cooley.

A Short Film About War is the second installment by Thomson & Craighead,
in what will be a series of three "desktop documentaries." The first
work in the series, "Flat Earth" establishes the context; a series of
web based films constructed exclusively from media gathered from the
Internet. A vast world is made smaller, more manageable, through the
impossible eye that carries viewers in and out of the earth's orbit to
reveal the individual voices of bloggers as lines in an elaborately
staged narrative.

"You see the imagery, you know what's going on, you see what you're
looking at. It's very easy when something like that is happening to
project yourself there and feel a part of the battle. Like I said, your
heart starts racing a little bit." - CNN interview with US-based
predator drone aircraft pilot on flying air strikes in Afghanistan and
Pakistan from a control room in the Nevada desert.


Jon Thomson & Alison Craighead are london-based artists working with
video, sound and electronic networked space to create gallery and
site-specific artworks and installations. They have exhibited widely
from Tate Britain to The New Museum in New York, and are among the
leading UK artists using communications systems and technology in their

Mark Cooley is an interdisciplinary artist interested in exploring the
intersections of art, activism, popular culture and institutional
critique in a variety of contexts. Subjects of particular interest are
U.S. foreign policy, the fine art culture industry and the political
economy of new technologies. Mark is currently a professor in the
Department of Art and Visual Technology at George Mason University in
the suburbs of Washington D.C.

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