Tag: War

The Control Room: War, Exception, Threat

If the machinery of intelligence-gathering and war is never switched off, then we have truly entered the permanent state of emergency. This 10-minute video essay looks at control rooms in film and television since the 1970s, and identifies an array of technological apparatuses that both manifest and make possible an increasingly distributed kind of sovereignty.…

War, Apparatus, Witness

Jean-Luc Nancy’s Philosophical Chronicles, published in 2004, and originally broadcast over eleven months on France Culture radio with the intention to connect ‘philosophy with several nodes of contemporary life’ (xi). One of these chronicles (‘28 March 2003’) was simultaneous with the ‘beginning of what one calls “war”’ (45). The reference, of course, is to the…

The Resistible Attraction of War

The military intervention in Libya has been met with a chorus of approval in France, resounding from all the parties represented in the Parliament, as was the case for the war in Afghanistan, as well as from various commentators. Everyone says that France has just scored a major coup. The arch-enemy is now described only…