Session Title:

  • If You See Something Say Something: Art, War, Surveillance and the Sustainability of Urgency in the Post 9/11 Era

Presentation Title:

  • Untitled




  • Chair Per­son: Joseph De­Lappe
    Dis­cus­sant:  Rita Raley

    Pre­sen­ters: Bernadette Buck­ley, Wafaa Bilal & Hasan Elahi

    This panel will pro­vide an op­por­tu­nity for the ex­am­i­na­tion of po­lit­i­cally mo­ti­vated, media based prac­tices as we move into the sec­ond decade after the 9/11 at­tacks and the re­sult­ing War on Ter­ror. The in­di­vid­u­als in­volved in this panel have been in­stru­men­tal in defin­ing the use and dis­sem­i­na­tion of tac­ti­cal media prac­tices that have res­onated widely in the cul­tural sphere by con­fronting is­sues of war, mem­ory, ter­ror­ism and sur­veil­lance. The panel pro­vides a cru­cial and timely con­text for these cre­ative prac­ti­tion­ers and noted schol­ars to dis­cuss the ef­fi­cacy of such on­go­ing ef­forts of en­gage­ment in works that seek to in­ter­vene in our con­tem­po­rary po­lit­i­cal con­text. This will be an op­por­tu­nity for crit­i­cal dis­course by these pan­elists and the panel at­ten­dees to con­sider the evo­lu­tion and adap­ta­tion of these ideas in light of the chal­lenges to sus­tain­ing a level of ur­gency in such po­lit­i­cally ac­tivist cre­ative prac­tice – as con­flict, ter­ror and fear have come to typ­ify the sta­tus quo.