I flagged this video as part of the Guggenheim YouTube Play Contest post a while ago. Critics panned the show (and a lot of the videos) when it opened in October. But I thought this particular video warranted a closer look. It’s a split-screen piece created from a combination of actual war footage made available by Wikileaks on one side played against footage from the video game Call of Duty 4 Modern Warfare on the other.
Here’s some of the text that accompanies the YouTube post by sqosh12.
This piece is a two channel video with sound. The video on the left consists of a loop of actual war footage taken from cameras mounted on American military aircraft, from both airplanes and helicopters. Taken during the first Gulf War in 1991, and the current occupation of Iraq the footage shows the bombing of vehicles, military targets as well as the shooting of insurgents and oppositional forces. In contrast the footage on the right is from the popular video game “Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare”. The sound track is a mixture of audio taken from the video game and the footage released by Wikileaks approximately two months ago in which the US military killed two reporters working for Reuters as well as a number of unarmed civilians.