[-empyre-] From a distance

PierMartonGmail piermarton at gmail.com
Fri Nov 14 23:10:42 EST 2014


"War Against War" is a book written around 1924 which has nothing to do with the concept of War on Terror. He could have used the words “Let’s Counter War” - he created the Anti-Krieg museum (Anti-War museum) which unlike War Museums did not celebrate war. That museum was closed by the nazis but has reopened today in Berlin. We could pick at that title “anti-something” and wonder whether anti does not reinforce what it opposes - a valid point in an abstract discussion, but all it is in my view is a valiant effort to show both the indoctrination of going to war and the actual face of war (literally the many faces of the survivors wounded by shrapnel).

Similarly, I made a mistake in assuming that Johannes was speaking of a particular recent German film called Waffenstillstand. I now believe he was bringing up the word ceasefire in German to counter War (against War). Am I correct with this other misunderstanding?
Thank you.

> On Nov 13, 2014, at 5:00 AM, Yoko Ishiguro <yoko_jimmysparty at yahoo.co.jp> wrote:
> 'War against war' does not make any good since the war against war is still a war.

> On Nov 13, 2014, at 3:16 AM, Johannes Birringer <Johannes.Birringer at brunel.ac.uk> wrote:
> Hallo Pier
> thank you for your response, and I can imagine the quiet place you are speaking of. But I was not writing of film in that sentence, i was suggesting that I reject the idea of war against war, war against terror,
> and prefer truce, negotiation. and I only use the german word because of the "stillstand" as i was still thinking  of Yoko's performance.  
> On Nov 12, 2014, at 5:52 PM, PierMartonGmail <piermarton at gmail.com> wrote:
> Johannes, I only just got to watch a German trailer of Waffenstillstand and I assume when you say “prefer” that film, I assume you are not comparing them. I don’t see how they can be compared.
I come from a place where Robert Bresson is one of the best filmmakers, so it is a very quiet place - hence that Gueules Cassées old film - without its new overpowering track - fills me up through its vacuum.
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>> On Nov 12, 2014, at 3:24 PM, Johannes Birringer <Johannes.Birringer at brunel.ac.uk> wrote:
>> But can we also address performance, and film, and alternate image practices (Pier, I watched and listended to "Gueules cassées - Men with broken faces (1918)", several times)?   What a calm, quiet indictment
>> of war, and homage to the theatre of prosthetics.  There is of course no solution to war against war.  I would prefer Wafffenstillstand.

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