Thursday, March 11, 2010

Art: Wafaa Bilal

I saw this guy speak last night at the Art Institute. Amazing.

He's Iraqi, and his brother was killed by an American missile. One day, he saw on TV an interview with an American technician who controls drones (and their triggers) from a computer in Colorado. When asked if she had any doubts, she said no, she trusts her orders.

His response was to make some pretty impressive, but also very funny, art.

Shoot an Iraqi, for example, hooked up a paintball gun to the internet. Visitors could shoot at Bilal. He stayed in the space for a month, occasionally becoming pretty unglued. One offshoot of that was the Virtual Human Shield group, who organized to try to keep the gun pointed away from him.

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