The Gulf War Aesthetic? Certain Tendencies in Image, Sound and the Construction of Space in The Hurt Locker #project18.4

Screen Shot 2018-02-11 at 15.41.17Really please that I’ve had a paper accepted at the Media, War and Conflict 10th Anniversary Conference ‘Spaces of War, War of Spaces’. This is the second paper (the first is an interview with Kathryn Bigelow and Mark Boal published in Kathryn Bigelow: Interviews for the University of Mississippi Press) from my recently completed PhD research project “The Gulf War Aesthetic? Certain Tendencies in Image, Sound and the Construction of Space in The Hurt Locker”.

The paper asserts that the adoption of innovative sound design and composition practice within the production  in The Hurt Locker (Bigelow, 2009) are, in part, a response to representing the compromised nature of the Iraq War complicated by unknowability and complexity – what Joshua Clover has described as the “unnarratability” (2009: 9) of asymmetrical warfare; new modes of conflict that can be distinguished from the “old wars” of the 20th Century in terms of their politics, use of technology and combat tactics (Freedman and Barnett, 2003; Kaldor 2012).

About Kingsley Marshall

Kingsley Marshall is Head of Film at the CILECT accredited School of Film & Television based within Falmouth University in the UK. The subject area consists of 28 staff working with 300 undergraduates studying the Skillset accredited BA (Hons) Film degree, supplemented by a postgraduate community studying from MA level through to PhD. Kingsley’s research and practice primarily orientates around the use of sound (including music and effects) in cinema and television, and the production of short and micro-budget feature films, executive producing Wilderness (Doherty, 2017) which won 11 awards at 16 international film festivals since making its premiere at Cinequest in 2017, and producing Project 18 (Mackfall, 2018), currently in post-production. For over twenty years he has worked as a journalist, interviewing filmmakers, musicians, and designers for over 30 publications and broadcasters worldwide, written album sleeve notes and biographies for over 100 artists, and contributed to anthologies on hip hop and soul. He can be found on Twitter as @kingsleydc