Log on, shoot at an Iraqi

0 Posted by - May 22, 2007 - Blog, Installations, Performance

Wafaa Bilal's "Shoot and Iraqi" installation

UPDATE: Wafaa Bilal has changed the URL of his Domestic Tension site to www.wafaabilal.com. A videoblog documenting the action is updated daily at www.crudeoils.us.

Iraqi artist Wafaa Bilal has locked himself into a studio with live webcams for the month of May.

The public can watch him 24/7 over a live webcam; and if they choose, visitors to his website can shoot him with a remote controlled paintball gun. Log on, shoot at an Iraqi. Bilal’s installation – titled Domestic Tension – disturbingly raises awareness about the life of the Iraqi people and the home confinement they face due to the both the violent and the virtual war they face on a daily basis.

The installation takes place at the flatfile gallery in Chicago.

Bilal has become known for provocative interactive video installations. He is interested in transforming the normally passive experience of viewing art into an active participation. His goal is to engage people who may not be willing to engage in political dialogue through conventional means.

You can participate – eg shoot at him with a paintball gun – by clicking here.

To see more of Bilal’s work check out this site crudeoils.

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