Vol. 2, No. 1, March 2006
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Images: Screen grabs from a video recording of the Reuters cameraman Mazen Dana in Baghdad. (2004), courtesy of the artist.
Jordan Crandall is a media artist and theorist. He is Associate Professor in the Visual Arts Department at University of California, San Diego. Crandall works in film, video, and new technologies that are particular to military and surveillance culture. His earlier works include the site-specific video installation Suspension (1997) commissioned by Documenta X in Kassel; a seven-part video installation entitled Drive (1998-99), commissioned by the NeueGalerie am LandesmuseumJoanneum and the ZentrumfürKunst und Medientechnologie (ZKM) in Karlshrue; a six-part video installation entitled Heatseeking (2000), commissioned by inSITE in San Diego and Tijuana; and Trigger (2002), a two-channel video installation which debuted in October 2002 at Henry Urbach Architecture, New York, supported by the New York State Department of Cultural Affairs and ARTSPACE, San Francisco and New York.
> AN AXIS OF INTENSITY
EXT – BAGHDAD STREET – DAY
We are watching a video recording of the Reuters cameraman Mazen Dana in Baghdad.
We see a US Army tank approaching Dana.
as eye, camera and weapon align
and a shot traverses the image screen --
tumble to the ground,