Proposal Synopsis: Ishtar was the ancient Babylonian goddess of fecundity, love, and war. During the time of
Nebuchadnezzar, the eighth gate of Babylon was built and
dedicated to her. Taken to the
Pergamon Museum in Berlin in
the 1930's it stands as a
testament of the colonial
presence . For this installation, a virtual Gate of Ishtar will re-situate itself in a virtual Babylon, where it will spill forth its 500,000+war dead,
one at a time.
Each of the white-clad animated Iraqi "dead" will walk forth through the Gate towards the viewer as the
virtual environment's day is passing, and will pass through the gate as night falls. Every day, the endless
procession of the dead between the lands of day and night will stand testament of to the ongoing procession of the living and dying during the ongoing US occupation in Iraq. Above the gate, a running
tally of caualties in the land of the living and the land of the dead will register above the Gate of Ishtar.
Artist's Biography: Patrick Lichty is a technologically-based conceptual artist, writer,
independent curator, animator for the activist group, The Yes Men, and
Executive Editor of Intelligent Agent Magazine. His work spans over 15
years, dealing with media narrative/criticism and information aesthetics
under many different contexts. He works in diverse technological media,
including painting, printmaking, kinetics, video, generative music, and
neon. Venues in which Lichty has been involved with solo and collaborative
works include the Whitney Biennial as well as the International Symposium on
the Electronic Arts (ISEA).
He also works extensively with virtual worlds, including Second Life...