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Terror
Stripping and Constructing Identities
 
Terror is commonly conceived of as a political act carried
out by groups that operate illegally against an economic and
political power, engaging in violent acts that harm innocent
civilians. But terror is also a reciprocal  activity, a
reaction against legal and institutional oppression
perpetrated by economic and political powers. Digital
technology plays an important role in the latter kind of
terror, state terror, as an instrument of surveillance and
identification, construction, deconstruction and stripping
of human identity.

The reality and/or threat of terror shapes people's
consciousness and unconsciousness, among them people who are
active in the cultural and art-making fields. This raises
numerous questions regarding the relationships between the
digital revolution, digital terror, and digital art. Some of
these questions are:

(1)  What is the relationship between  the production of art
by means of digital technologies and the production of
terror by the same means?

(2)  Do artists and cultural producers in areas inflicted
with terror embrace more readily the digital media, with its
perturbing qualities, as natural means of artistic
production?

(3)  Do artists who experience terror directly react
differently in these respects than artists who experience it
virtually, through the electronic media?

I invite critical responses to these and related questions
in the form of text, visuals, sound, etc.

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