University of California, Santa Barbara

Torture and the Future

Perspectives from the Humanities

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United States Code Section 2340A

Serena Wellen and Nancy Popp

2006

United States Code Section 2340A is a response to our government's use of so-called "coercive interrogation techniques" on detainees in the U.S. war on terror, and the leaking of Justice Department memoranda allowing the use of torture during interrogations. Dismayed by the public's tacit acceptance of this "policy of torture", the artists, Nancy Popp and Serena Wellen, responded with a video work which pairs the dehumanizing language of the justice department lawyers with the sound of a populace inured to the spectacle of torture in the media.

Nancy Popp and Serena Wellen have been collaborating for over a year on work which investigates the subject of torture. Ms. Wellen, an attorney working in Photography and video, resides in San Francisco. Ms. Popp, an educator residing in Los Angeles, works with performance, video and photography.

 

The video piece United States Code Section 2340A will be screened at the Mark Danner talk on January 18, at the panel on "Torture in the Arts" on February 22, and at an additional date to be announced.

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