4th Oct 2018 5:30pm-7:00pm
Pavilion Parade G7 (TBC)
This lecture explores what happens with our critical capacities when we are faced with the images of war and images of horror. What happens to reason when confronted with an image which perhaps surpasses the powers of explanation or reconciliation? Do those frames of horror – which in various ways re-present violence – exercise a certain violence over us? What is the scope and power of critique when confronted with images of violence and images exercising violence? The lecture will try to offer answers to these questions, paying special attention to the role of affects in the creation of critical numbness. However, the key issue I address is: what – if anything – propels us to act out of violence against violence? The lecture suggests the possibility of advocating for non-violence in a consciously critical way and as an effect of exposure to violence. It draws on images and debates during the wars following the break up of Yugoslavia in the 1990s.