Chiasmi International

Volume 25, 2023

Horizons of War, of Criticism, of the Future

Gianluca Solla
Pages 57-71

Seeing the War Coming
Merleau-Ponty, Giarudoux, Farocki

Staging, writing, editing – war. In the sequence of these three acts, the path of this essay unfolds. From the play La guerre de Troie n’aura pas lieu we get the idea that war is a spectral presence hovering everywhere. As difficult as it is to see, it appears inescapable. Its ambivalence questions the human gaze itself in its in-ability to see war coming, even when the signs are more than evident. The analysis of the regimes of visibility that, yesterday as today, superintend the event of a conflict constitutes the point of arrival of this interrogation.