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Chris Vallance | 01:28 UK time, Tuesday, 15 May 2007

On Pods and Blogs we'll be speaking to Wafaa Bilal the Iraqi artist who has given web users the power to remotely shoot him with a paintball gun. Wafaa's own family have been affected by the violence in the country (Wafaa himself left in the 1990's). It's an interesting commentary on what some have called "the remote control war". The Chicago Tribune said:

Visitors to www.crudeoils.us/ or www.flatfilegalleries.com/ can watch and interact with the artist through a live Web cam and chat room. They also may choose to do something else that gives the piece its lacerating point. They can attempt to gain control of a virtual firearm that translates the exhilaration of a video game into something more real -- the actual shooting of Bilal with a paint gun.

This video posted by Wafaa really gets his point across...


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