Proposal Synopsis: The statistics on Iraqi civilian casualties since the war in Iraq began in March, 2003 are unclear. The most recent survey conducted by the Iraqi government and the World Health Organization (published in the New England Journal of medicine in January, 2008), puts the estimate at 151,000; a median number reached because the study has a wide range of statistical uncertainty. One thing is certain, the Iraqi civilian population has suffered great losses. The Source project proposal is interested in listening to the Iraqi voice speaking to the first hand experience of that loss. Source could be realized in many forms, such as an architectural space or an outdoor public landscape space, the underlying elements would be a world map (projection, sculptural element, etc.), an audio/text database of news clips/statistical studies of Iraqi civilian casualties from international sources, and an audio/ text database of first hand narratives from Iraqi civilians collected through interviews and network solicitations. News/statistical audio/text information would run in an ongoing feed; Iraqi civilian narratives would trigger to play whenever a viewer enters the source range of Iraq on the world map. When Iraqi narratives are triggered to play, volume of the news/statistical feed would lower.
Artist's Biography: Geri Wittig is an artist who has worked extensively in the collaborative realms of the CADRE Laboratory for New Media (http://cadre.sjsu.edu) and the art/business hybrid: C5 (http://www.c5corp.com). In addition to her work with CADRE and C5, she is a Senior Web Production Artist at Adobe Systems Inc.