Friday, May 25, 2007
We've Made the Big TIme
Online: Art Project Lets You Shoot an Iraqi
until June 4, Bilal is living his entire life inside one room at Chicago’s Flatfile Gallery, which anyone with a Web connection can log on to watch. Oh, and to shoot him. With “Domestic Tension" Bilal has turned his makeshift living quarters into a 24-hour-a-day war zone. Viewers can peep in on him anonymously at any time, and even chat with him online. On the installation’s Web site, his audience can fight for control of the camera and pan it around the room. Since the camera is affixed to a rifle-sized paintball gun—and the Web site has a button that allows viewers to fire the gun—they also have the opportunity to shoot at him, or anything else in his room. Which they have done an astonishing 40,000 times in the project’s first two and a half weeks.Haven't been down there yet, tho haven't been much of anywhere yet. Many other project involvements.
You still have time to contribute a panel to the Peace Tower being constructed at the Cultural Center. You in NY may remember Mark di Suvero constructed one at the Whitney Biennial recently. Here's the information.
And here's my contribution. Not all that great, but this isn't the kind of thing I do. Perhaps it will inspire you to do better. Deadline is June 4th.
The text says, "The river of death is too wide already."
Will also be in the grand opening exhibit at Spudnik Press on June 8th. See the link for more. Postcards and more info soon.
And now the battery is about to give out so I shall leave you.
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