Jon Thomson & Alison Craighead, A Short Film About War, 2009, two-channel video, 9 minutes and 37 seconds.
A Short Film About War explores contemporary global conflicts mediated over the Internet. The left-hand screen is comprised of photographs found online, released under a creative commons licence. The right-hand screen references the source of each image. Weaving the sequence together is narration based on blog posts, written by individuals involved in the conflict depicted. These perspectives do not offer a universal view of war: there are many places that Thomson & Craighead struggled to represent. Such absences illustrate the unequal distribution of Internet connections across the world. The artists treat the resulting western bias critically. For them, war is a popular media subject that is always filtered through different agendas and perspectives.