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Wednesday, February 21, 2007

Reservation for Doomguy

This is Damiano Colacito's "Face of Doom", projected onto another face - that of Sarajevo's Europa Hotel. Sarajevo is the capital city of Bosnia and Herzegovina. As such, Europa Hotel has steadily remained a suffering monolith whilst humans summoned hell in the streets below.

I understand this work bares a crude message to be decoded. Mr. Colacito proudly displays his art as a parallel between the suffering of a pixelated marine and that of a nation. His actions belittle a tragedy. I hold the opinion, in earnest, that computer games are due a greater acknowledgement for their contribution to culture, but "Face of Doom" represents entirely the wrong ethos in achieving this goal. We should allow people to learn from the games they play, never impose our values upon others - especially in drawing comparisons between the virtual and the real.

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