8 Lessons on Emptiness with a Happy End (Channel 02)
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The second screen from the right, and also the second channel of 8 Lessons on Emptiness with a Happy End shows a succession of eight fragments of images Abramovic shot in Laos. The play between the nature shots and the scenes of children dressed as soldiers tends to read like an indictment of the representation of violence in the media. By letting innocent looking kids reenact violent scenes, Abramovic seems to want us realize how pervasive violence is. The children’s acts no longer shock us because what they’re doing could very well be a game.