Academic journal article Millennium Film Journal

Introduction

Academic journal article Millennium Film Journal

Introduction

Article excerpt

We are born in violence. And we live in violence. Yet, too often we feel these facts should be denied. What horror might befall us if we sought to embrace the abject and explore our darker impulses? What if we were to find such pleasure in these dark regions that we decide to never return?

The articles, reviews, and artist pages in this issue treat these questions - delving into works that both contemplate and enact various 'violent' acts. Gregg Biermann and Sarah Markgraffpresent the work of Bryan Frye, which asks us if a nation sanctioned intentional car crash is still a violent act. The violence of an infant against its mother and an artist against himself is explored by Grahame Weinbren. Roberta Friedman shows us how the aggressive act of editing has the power to produce a highly affecting work from seemingly mundane material, in Ian Olds' FRANCOPHRENIA. Duncan White seeks to understand how war and terrorism have altered artists' practice, and Noe Kidder reveals how the desire to destruct and de-construct the apparatus has influenced her work. …

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