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Frozen War

John Smith
2001
11mins Colour Video
Made in Ireland, October 8th 2001.

Frozen War

A spontaneous response to the bombing of Afghanistan.

A disorientating experience while attempting to watch the TV news in an Irish hotel room triggers a spontaneous response to the bombing of Afghanistan. "Frozen War" is the first video in the "Hotel Diaries" series, a collection of late night recordings made in foreign hotel rooms which relate personal experiences to contemporary world events.

'In Frozen War, UK artist John Smith, holed up in a hotel room far from home, turns the tables on the TV news as he starts to ask the questions they never do.' Abina Manning, programme notes for Video Mundi Film Festival, Chicago.

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