Imaging War, Mediating Conflict: Recent Aesthetic Investigations

Media@McGill, in collaboration with DHC/ART Foundation for Contemporary Art, presents a free public screening and one-day conference examining representations of war and conflict in contemporary art and art history. Imaging War, Mediating Conflict: Recent Aesthetic Investigations addresses the politics, aesthetics and ethics of art and media practices relating to war from the 18th century until today, and assesses how such representations help to shape the experience of current conflicts, as well as their place in history.

Imaging War, Mediating Conflict: Recent Aesthetic Investigations begins at the PHI Centre on Sunday, March 10 with a screening of films by the artists Leslie Thornton and Emanuel Licha at 7:00 p.m. The event continues on McGill campus Monday morning, with a panel composed of the scholars Holger Hoock, Douglas Fordham and Brian Cowan, who each discuss aspects of “Media, War and the State in the Long Eighteenth Century.” The conference concludes with an examination of “Contemporary Art Interventions” on the subject of war at the PHI Centre on Monday afternoon, with lectures by the art historians T.J. Demos and Rosalyn Deutsche, and presentations by the artists Emanuel Licha and Martha Rosler.

Sunday, March 10, 19:00 | PHI Centre | 407 Saint-Pierre Street

Free public screenings of Let me Count the Ways: Minus 10, Minus 9, Minus 8, Minus 7 (2004) by Leslie Thornton, as well as War Tourist (2004-08) and Mirages (2011) by Emanuel Licha, followed by a bilingual Q & A with the artist Emanuel Licha.

Monday, March 11, 9:30-12:00 | McGill University | 1001 Sherbrooke Street W., Bronfman 151

Conference: Media, War and the State in the Long Eighteenth Century

What’s so Funny about Peace, Love, and Understanding? Satirizing Peace in Georgian Britain | Douglas Fordham, University of Virginia

Wounds and Words: War, the State, and Media in the American Revolutionary War | Holger Hoock, University of Pittsburgh

The Scribbler and the Doctor: Daniel Defoe's Paper War with Henry Sacheverell | Brian Cowan, McGill University

Monday, March 11, 14:00-18:00 | PHI Centre | 407 Saint-Pierre Street

Conference: Contemporary Art Interventions

Poverty Pornography, Humanitarianism, and Neoliberal Globalization: On Renzo Martens’s Enjoy Poverty (2008) | T.J. Demos, University College London

Abolishing War | Rosalyn Deutsche, Columbia University

On Windows, Camera Frames, and Hotel Rooms | Emanuel Licha, artist

Art in Public | Martha Rosler, artist