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The Military in Art – Piotr Szyhalski’s White Star Cluster

Piotr Szyhalski’s art piece involves footage from soldiers’ cameras and their actual dialogue that is echoed by performers with moderate tones. The circumstance of the video is death by friendly fire. The repetition of what was said at the time points to the absurdity of war by allowing us a new perspective.

As Szyhalski puts it:

It appears to ridicule the knowledge of the “Wise Old Man” and glorifies determined, however foolish, brute force of relentless physical exertion, in turn rewarded by the descending Angels. A subtle complexity of uncertain motivations present the Angels as potential agents of positive change, or demons of destruction. As we witness men self-destruct in the “White Star Cluster” the ghost of the “Foolish Old Man” gently expands the view from the darkness of combat, and into the vastness of our humanity and nature.


March 7, 2010 - Posted by | Uncategorized

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