Proposal Title: [ FALLUJAH . IRAQ . 31/03/2004 ], 03/19/2008, Web Art
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Fallujah, Iraq, 31/03/2004 - According to witnesses and U.S. officials, four American 'civilians' were ambushed and shot or beaten to death by Iraqi insurgents. Townspeople mutilated the bodies of the men, dragged them through the streets, lynched them from a bridge, and burned them while crowds danced and cheered...
- The desecration of the victims' bodies was filmed in its entirety by an Associated Press camera crew.
- There was no intervention by coalition forces during the attack or the subsequent mutilations.
- The coverage of the event was highly censored on all international media networks.
- The 'civilian' casualties were mercenaries employed by Blackwater Security Consulting, of Moyock, N.C.
This work is not intended as a discourse on the axiom of 'the evil nature of war'. It is merely a consideration of an event we have (or have not) witnessed, and a reflection on the iconic nature of conflict in this new millennium.
Artist's Biography: Michael Takeo Magruder is an American artist based in the UK working with New and Technological Media within Contemporary Arts practice. He graduated from the University of Virginia in 1996 receiving a BA (Hons) in Biological Science. He is a long-standing member of King's Visualisation Lab in the Centre for Computing in Humanities, King's College London. His artworks have been showcased in over 180 exhibitions and 30 countries.
His work blends Information Age technologies with modernist-like aesthetics to explore the formal structures and conceptual paradigms of the networked, digital world.