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On Sunday, Speaking of War 2011
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In this interactive work, I ask the audience to complete a narrative by adding speech bubbles to a stripped down version of Bill Watterson's iconic “War Is a Stupid Game” Calvin and Hobbes comic. The speech bubble texts have been appropriated from prominent politicians and entertainers discussing the War on Terror, from Dick Cheney to David Letterman. The work blurs the roles between creator and viewer, between those who are part of the dialogue and those who listen. Such narrative construction underlies the mixing of fact and fiction so prevalent in discussing the War on Terror. These fictions can be seen in some of the appropriated text which ranges from hopeful delusions (“My belief is we will, in fact, be greeted as liberators.”) to lies (“We found the WMD’s.”) In asking my viewers to help author the work, they are forced to confront this fictionalization. By using comic, humorous imagery, the work invites viewers to discuss otherwise serious, polarizing topics without the PC conventions of normalized political discourse.

 

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