By Allen Feldman
Excavating a scenography of trials—formal or covert, orchestrated or improvised, criminalizing or criminal—Feldman indicates how the need to fact disappears into the very violence it interrogates. He maps the sensory inscriptions and erasures of struggle, highlighting battle as a media that severs factuality from reality to render violence simply. He proposes that struggle promotes an anesthesiology that interdicts the witness of a sensory and affective commons that has the means to talk fact to battle. Feldman makes use of layered deconstructive description to slow down the ballistical pace of battle to salvage the embodied actualities and fabric histories that struggle reduces to the ashes of collateral harm, the automatism of drones, and the opacities of black websites. the result's a penetrating paintings that marries serious visible idea, political philosophy, anthropology, and media archeology right into a trenchant dissection of rising types of sovereignty and country energy that battle now makes possible.
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Archives of the Insensible: Of War, Photopolitics, and Dead Memory by Allen Feldman