Screen mirror: the fractured Reality of wartime

UDC 355.01

Hanna Chmil

Institute for Cultural Research of the National Academy of Arts of Ukraine, Kyiv.
ORCID ID 0000-0001-6569-1066


Keywords: split screen mirror, “real” reality, truth of being, operator, place-dimension, fact-testimony.


The presented conceptualization of the discursive field of the screen mirror as a reflection of the Reality of Russia’s war against Ukraine fits into the situation of the presence of multiple discourses of this war, where each author builds their own version, articulating it in their reflections. Non-verbal practices are connected to the discourse-analysis of the Russian aggression against Ukraine — images, when the events of the war are framed by the screen through semantic images as a visual series, according to the time of their progress. War as an event in specific circumstances and time is considered through the concept of “split Reality of the screen mirror”, transformed into a collage of continuous replacements of “real” reality by constructed Reality.
Without claiming the transcendentality of the idea of the screen mirror as containing a semantic boundedness, we try to give epistemic significance to a greater extent not to images, forms of depicting war, but to the idea of the “split Reality of the screen mirror” as a semantic phenomenon.
The method of typology introduces a conceptual character — the figure of a media person as someone who has access to screen means of depicting the course of war, who is the culprit of the “split reality of the screen mirror” and fragments this mirror. Borrowed from Žižek’s philosophical psychoanalysis, the concept of “real” reality” made it possible to develop the problem of the existence of the truth of the event of war due to “(dis)trust in the image”, which, in turn, raises the question — whether the screen image of war is an embodiment of the symbolic order.

Authors Biography.

Hanna Chmil, Director of the Institute for Cultural Research of the National Academy of Arts of Ukraine, Full Member of National Academy of Arts of Ukraine, Doctor of Philosophical Sciences, associate professor, Kyiv.


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Published: 2023.04.04.

Vol 23 No 1 (2023).