Lucky Pierre presents:
A Thing of Great Power and Size has Gone Missing (October 7, 2001 – Present) will feature an extensive timeline citing historical, political, and social events occurring during the U.S. led war on terror, including the conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq. The focus will be on the human body and its destruction and exploitation during the time of these conflicts (the collective body, individual soldiers, civilian casualties and, enemy combatants held against international law). The project is meant to contrast the disappearance of those bodies in the collective consciousness with the cultural saturation of the idealized bodies of popular films that act as a distraction. These movies, corresponding to the 16 years of war, will act as source material for the opening event “lectures,” and re-edited versions screened for final event. By using the highest-grossing domestic films from the war years, we will explore the interconnectedness of American values, cultural production, national/military policy, as well as official and alternative methods of historicizing.
Opening Event: 16 Lectures Concerning 16 War Years
Saturday, October 7, 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM
On the 16th anniversary of the launch of Operation Enduring Freedom the U.S invasion of Afghanistan, Lucky Pierre invites 16 guests to give 10 minute presentations on one of the years corresponding to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Closing Event: 38-hour Screening
Friday, October 27, 8:00 AM to Saturday, October 28, 10:00 PM
Lucky Pierre will screen for 38 hours the highest grossing films for each of the war years. The films have been re-edited to remove human bodies while maintaining the original runtimes. During the screenings there will also be performance.