The book Under Fire 2 is the second volume of the Under Fire project, and is an edited compilation of dialogues that occurred online (September – December, 2004) among a group of artists, theorists, scientists, critics, activists, and journalists, both from the West and the Middle-East. The discussions were moderated by Jordan Crandall. For the purposes of this book, the material is not organized along a timeline but is grouped according to the main themes that have emerged in the discussions.
Under Fire is a project by Jordan Crandall, curated by Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art, in collaboration with V2_Institute for the Unstable Media, Rotterdam. Under Fire project explores the organization and representation of armed conflict. Looking at the forms of militarized agencies that are emerging today, it attempts to understand the nature of emergent power and the forms of resistance to it, situating cycles of violence within the modalities of a global system. It looks at the role that representations play as registers of symbolic meaning and as agents of affective change, exploring the ways that violence materializes as both act and image. It probes into cultural imaginaries of conflict and the deeper truths they may offer about collective identifications and aggressions. Through this approach, Under Fire aims to reconstruct a discursive and affective terrain that can offer new insights into symptomatic violence.
The book Under Fire 2 follows the publication Under Fire 1, which is an edited compilation of a series of dialogues that occurred online (January – April, 2004).
1500 copies English
Design: Kummer & Herrman
Size : 240 x 170 mm, 112 pages
Publication date: March 2005
ISBN : 90-73362-65-2
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Preface and introduction by Jordan Crandall;
With contributions by: Ryan Bishop, Benjamin Bratton, David Campbell, James Der Derian, Madelaine Drohan, Paul N. Edwards, Joy Garnett, Salwa Ghaly, Stephen Graham, Chris Hables Gray, Anahid Kassabian, Thomas Keenan, Mary Keller, Bracha Lichtenberg Ettinger, Saba Mahmood, Antonio Monegal, Amir Parsa, Amit Rai, Harel Shapira, Radhika Subramaniam, Ananya Vajpeyi, Ana Valdés, and Nabeel Ziad.