THEORY OF KILLING
By Ruth Dusseault
One of the military’s largest unspoken challenges is that new soldiers will resist killing. After a full course of training, they are delivered to the theater of war. They do not shoot, even facing the enemy: perhaps awestruck by the likeness of their opponent. It is an age-old dilemma that puts the soldier at risk and threatens the success of the campaign. To address the problem, military scientists have developed simulation facilities that include virtual reality, video games and full-scale mock villages. In the civilian world, these innovations have inspired the entertainment industry to develop commercial games like Counter-Strike Global Offensive and entrepreneurs to build recreational battlefields for paintball, airsoft and milsim games. In Theory of Killing we find a paintball player who is clearly too innocent. His evasiveness creates a poetic reverie on our natural resistance to kill.
DR . DORIS DERBY
Dr. Doris Derby is an activist and documentary photographer. She was active in the Mississippi Civil Rights Movement, and her work is on the themes of race and identity of African Americans, specifically African American woman. Photographs on display depict public dialogue around the Democratic Party elections, Student Nonviolent CC, and the Free Southern Theater.
POTS AND KETTLES
By Michi Meko
Pots and Kettles is a sound installation taking ownership of the idiom “the pot calling the kettle black.” The expression illustrates how criticism of another may just as easily apply to the critic.
Pots & Kettles’ functionality exists within the theory of psychological projection. The theory suggests that a person may project their unwanted or undesirable feelings onto someone else rather than dealing with the emotion internally. This form of emotional scapegoating and neuross is where the project establishes its context within the history and conversation of race, power, and identity.
The installation's audio omponent s mined from historical archives and eb-basedcontent. The correspondence of Benjamin Banneker's letters to Thomas Jeffersonas well as the comment sections of various website provide voice and linear structure to the conversation.