dead-in-iraq, 2006-2011
game based performative intervention


This work commenced in March of 2006, to roughly coincide with the 3rd anniversary of the start of the Iraq conflict. I enter the online US Army recruiting game, "America's Army", in order to manually type the name, age, service branch and date of death of each service person who has died to date in Iraq. The work is essentially a fleeting, online memorial to those military personnel who have been killed in this ongoing conflict. My actions are also intended as a cautionary gesture. I enter the game using as my login name, "dead-in-iraq" and proceed to type the names using the game's text messaging system. I stand in position and type until I am killed. After death, I hover over my dead avatar's body and continue to type. Upon being re-incarnated in the next round, I continue the cycle. As of 12/18/2011, the official withdrawal date of the last U.S. troops in Iraq, I completed the input of the last 200+ names into the game, for a total of 4484 names. (source icasualties.org)

"dead...whats your point?" dead-in-iraq screenshot 2006-2011

"just kick this guy already :)" dead-in-iraq screenshot 2006-2011

"just leave him alone" dead-in-iraq screenshot 2006-2011

"are these guys who died?" dead-in-iraq screenshot 2006-2011

"dead stfu you dumb ****" dead-in-iraq screenshot 2006-2011

"dead in iraq my ass" dead-in-iraq screenshot 2006-2011