Proposal Title: The Arbiter of Fate, 04/08/2008, Other
Proposal Synopsis: In any armed conflict, countless individuals are traumatized, maimed or killed. In Arbiter of Fate, this artwork critiques the randomness of calamity amongst the Iraqi people caused by the US invasion. In this piece, the pinball/pachinko machine is used as metaphor for this chaotic action, as an unseeing Uncle Sam drops balls colored black, white, red and green (the colors of the Iraq flag), sending Iraqi "souls" to an indeterminate fate. The use of the fire and sky is not a literal Heaven/Hell metaphor, but as one of suffering and relief for the individual caused by life and death during wartime. The movement of the ball is a metaphor for the chaos of wartime and the insecurity of one's life during armed conflict.
The number of casualties continually recycles up to a current tally (upwards of 500,000) to represent the total number of Iraqi deaths.
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...
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