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Naqoyqatsi: Life as War

  • Dir: Godfrey Reggio

  • USA, 2002, 89mins, DCP

A mournful announcement of life as war. The meditative space of the final instalment places the viewer in the midst of forceful presences – positive images of nature and history, interspersed with the (celluloid-)negative images of humans. Synthetic images take over – to our comfort, or to dethrone us from the comfort of feet-on-ground haptic space? Are we already too used to military imageries and those of space conquer, which have long dominated our imagination? Points of view and perspectival space are deconstructed: is it possible to move into the fractal space of mathematical concision, or the unseen space of domination? Objects enlivened by technology… Human faces turned technological (arti-)facts... Historical figures permanent circulatable simulacrums...