Proposal Synopsis: Shadows from another place: San Francisco-Baghdad
translates the first night of the US invasion of Iraq into local terms, on local ground. Each bomb and missile site in Baghdad is transposed onto San Francisco,documented with photographs,maps and GPS coordinates,the same technology used to target the original Baghdad locations. Housed as a website,the accompanying ambient sounds of actual missiles and bombs falling the first night of the invasion can,unlike the war,be stopped at will.
The monument bridges virtual and physical space,embedding containers left for people with GPS devices to find in each shadowed, physical SF location. The caches held copies of “The Iraq War-Roll Call of the U.S. Dead:Day by Day, Death by Death,”by Warren Harkavy,a compilation of US service personnel who died in the war between 5/1/2003 and 3/19/2004 along with their home city and state, age, date of death and details on how they died. Harkavy's list speaks to the wider consequence of each death, and the profound and subtle ways one loss threads throughout a multifaceted, larger cultural and social fabric.Bridging between the loss of one life and and many was a central narrative the monument:the unmaking of a community and a nation through each single lost life.
Artist's Biography: Paula Levine, a Canadian-American artist, works in and writes on locative and mobile media. She has presented at ZERO1, MIT Media in Transition, the University of Wisconsin's Conney conference for Jewish Studies, and exhibited at ISEA and Interactive Futures09, where she was a keynote speaker. Currently, she is writing on locative media, mapping and empathic spaces.
Working in diverse media, her experimental videos have screened at Lincoln Centre, Canadian National Gallery, San Francisco MOMA, and in venues throughout the world. She's on the advisory board of Wi:Journal of Mobile Media (Concordia University)and teaches at San Francisco State University,Conceptual Information Arts.