[-empyre-] censorship of Wafaa Bilal's game art - from Tom Sherman

melinda R melindr at gmail.com
Thu Mar 13 01:00:05 EST 2008


Melinda,

Are you aware of the censorship of Wafaa Bilal's game art at
Rensselaer Polytechnical Institute in Troy, New York?  The easiest way
to get up to speed is to watch Bilal's story unfold on YouTube.

http://youtube.com/results?search_query=Wafaa+Bilal&search_type=

info:
 Iraqi-born Chicago-based artist Wafaa Bilal interviewed after his
show called Virtual Jihadi at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute was
"suspended" and he was shut out of the arts building. The art piece
consists of a hacked video Al Qaeda video game called Night of Bush
Hunting. The artist inserted himself as a virtual suicide bomber as a
way of referencing his own anger and despair over his brother and
father's death during the American occupation as well as the anger and
despair of Iraqis who have lost control of their lives.

Tom.

Professor Tom Sherman
Syracuse University
Department of Transmedia
102 Shaffer Art Building
Syracuse, New York 13244-1210

tel  315.443.1202
fax 315.443.1303

e-mail   twsherma at syr.edu


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