An Iraqi Artist Explains His Cyber-Masochism

Is Wafaa Bilal an artist or simply a masochistic attention whore? The Iraqi artist spent a month in a gallery last year, with a webcam and a paintball gun connected to the Internet, letting people from 136 countries shoot 65,000 paintballs at him 24 hours a day. Was this a publicity stunt? A soul-searching art… » 11/05/08 2:54pm 11/05/08 2:54pm

First-Person Shooter Turns Political

War will become more like a video game, and vice versa, as computer-controlled weapons systems become more advanced and civilians can watch wars in progress online. So Iraqi artist Wafaa Bilal is forcing people to confront the boundaries between wars and games, with one art installation that allows people to shoot… » 3/17/08 10:00am 3/17/08 10:00am