Embodiment and indoctrination.

John Armitage

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The American artist, and media theorist, Jordan Crandall, contacted Armitage after the publication of ‘Art and Fear’. Their dialogue led to an invitation to participate in ‘Under Fire 1’. This output is the first of a two-volume electronic publication generated by an extended email correspondence involving international scholars, including: Akbar Ahmed, John Armitage, Asef Bayat, Ryan Bishop, Benjamin Bratton, Susan Buck-Morss, David Campbell, Hamid Dabashi, Manuel DeLanda, James Der Derian, Madelaine Drohan, Paul N. Edwards, Joy Garnett, Salwa Ghaly, Stephen Graham, Chris Hables Gray, Brian Holmes, Anahid Kassabian, Thomas Keenan, Bracha Lichtenberg Ettinger, Saba Mahmood, Antonio Monegal, Loretta Napoleoni, Amir Parsa, Amit Rai, Harel Shapira, P.W. Singer, Radhika Subramaniam, Ananya Vajpeyi, Ana Valdez, and Eyal Weizman. The contributors began their reflections on the structural, symbolic and affective dimensions of armed conflict in a ‘launch-pad’ forum at the Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art, Rotterdam, where Armitage was a keynote speaker. Crandall used the event to initiate an electronic participation-production project based on artist-led initiatives such as V2 Institute for the Unstable Media (Rotterdam) and EyeBeam Art and Technology Centre (New York). Armitage’s work with Crandall led to the formation (with Brettle and McIntyre) of the CARcentre Interdisciplinary Projects Group. The aim was to create a platform for fine art research that would span the disciplinary range of the School of Arts and Social Sciences. Armitage’s ability to link art practices to the militarisation of the body gave CARcentre greater relevance for the School’s media practitioners, political and cultural theorists, and social scientists. This complemented Brettle and McIntyre, whose interdisciplinary work focussed on Humanities and Performing Arts researchers. Armitage is on the supervision team of Lavell’s practice-led AHRC funded doctoral project entitled: ‘The Power of Naming: What happens when an artist incorporates forensic science methodology into his studio practice?’
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationUnder Fire 1 - The Organization and Representation of Violence
EditorsJordan Crandall
Place of PublicationRotterdam
PublisherWitte de With Center for Contemporary Art
Number of pages96
ISBN (Print)9789073362611
Publication statusPublished - 2004


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