Casualty In The Fridge Flats & Warning Shot, 2008, Videos (play simultaneously for best results)

"In his narratively ambiguous and aurally rich video works, Casualty in the Fridge Flats (2008) and Warning Shot (2008), Wright records training drills on the ship. These works expose the varying and collapsing layers of reality that are present in both truthful media representations and the film industry’s adaptation and reinterpretation of that same reality. The drill itself is a simulated event, yet, as argued in Jean Baudrillard’s third order of simulacra - the military drill replaces the real on many levels.[6]  The language and imagery of Wright’s video footage - bursts of gunfire over the Atlantic – recall video games and television footage akin to the first Gulf War. Televised war is a format that most of us accept as our sole access to foreign conflict. In writing about this conflation of reality and imaginary in war imagery, Susan Sontag notes, “Something becomes real . . . by being photographed. But a catastrophe that is experience will often seem eerily like its representation . . . unreal, surreal, or like a movie." [7] Andrew Wright moves away from Hollywood emotionalism in an effort to let viewers question and resolve their own understandings of reality and truth in war." 


--Chantal Rousseau
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Audio interview about the exhibition Survey with Canadian Art editor Richard Rhodes (Prefix ICA, 2008)