In the name of the " Global War on Terror," the U.S. has initiated and sustained military action in Afghanistan, Iraq and beyond. After sixteen years of armed conflict, war has become normalized in the U.S., constant but distant. Now with the nation’s focus on the increasingly possible failure of the U.S. government, these conflicts have become even more invisible.
At the Comfort Station during October, 2010, Lucky Pierre will present A Thing of Great Power and Size has Gone Missing (October 7, 2001 - Present). The project will feature an extensive timeline citing historical, political, and social events occurring during the U.S. led war on terror, including the conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq. The focus will be on the human body and its destruction and exploitation during the time of these conflicts (the collective body, individual soldiers, civilian casualties and, enemy combatants held against international law). The timeline acts as a visual marker and memorial to the many bodies now disappeared due to these ongoing conflicts.
A Thing of Great Power and Size has Gone Missing (October 7, 2001 - Present) contrasts the disappearance of those bodies in the collective consciousness with the cultural saturation of the idealized bodies of popular films that act as a distraction. These movies, corresponding to the 16 years of war, will act as source material for the opening event “lectures,” and re-edited versions screened for final event. By using the highest-grossing domestic films from the war years, we will explore the interconnectedness of American values, cultural production, national/military policy, as well as official and alternative methods of historicizing.
Opening Event: 16 Lectures Concerning 16 War Years Saturday, October 7
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
On the 16th anniversary of the launch of Operation Enduring Freedom the U.S invasion of Afghanistan, Lucky Pierre invites 16 guests to give 10 minute presentations on one of the years corresponding to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Closing Event: 38-hour Screening Friday, October 27, 8:00 AM to Saturday, October 28, 10:00 PM
Lucky Pierre will screen for 38 hours the highest grossing films for each of the war years. The films have been re-edited to remove human bodies while maintaining the original runtimes - condensing and measuring 16 years of war into 2,280 minutes of now altered entertainment product. While each of the films is being screened, timeline entries correlating to the year of that film are removed from the gallery wall. At the end of the screening all timeline entries will have been removed leaving the gallery space empty.
The re-edited films screened include:
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (2001)
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003)
Shrek 2 (2004)
Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith (2005)
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest (2006)
Spider-Man 3 (2007)
The Dark Knight (2008)
Toy Story 3 (2010)
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2 (2011)
Marvel's The Avengers (2012)
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2013)
American Sniper (2014)
Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens (2015)
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016)