Thursday, September 26, 2019
12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
McKinney Conference Room, Watson Institute
111 Thayer St.
During a year-long project in 2010-11, Iraqi-American artist Wafaa Bilal surgically grafted a camera to the back of his head that captured one image per minute and transmitted it to the website www.3rdi.me. The medical emergencies resultant from this graft have prompted a critical public discourse. Most debates are geared towards Bilal’s configuration of selfhood, embodiment and social relations within digitized networks. This presentation examines the 3rdi project at the cross-section of body datafication, wearable technologies and surveillance art in order to account for the ways that this project serves as an intervention within the representations of constructed diasporic Middle Eastern identity in the post-9/11 era, and how it portended the yet to come Travel Ban.