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“The Enemy” by Karim Ben Khelifa

The Enemy by Karim Ben Khelifa, a groundbreaking interactive Virtual Reality (VR) exhibition and immersive experience, will make its North American premiere at the MIT Museum. Through 360-degree imaging and recordings, participants will encounter combatants on opposite sides of conflicts in Israel/Palestine, the Congo, and El Salvador. In their own words, each will offer personal perspectives on war, including thoughts on motivations, suffering, freedom, and the future. War photojournalist Karim Ben Khelifa developed this project to bring his audience “face to face with ‘the other'” as he had done through his travels covering war-torn areas of the Middle East.

The exhibition incorporates concepts from artificial intelligence and cognitive science-based interaction models. Khelifa developed this ambitious project during a visiting artist residency at MIT hosted by MIT’s Center for Art, Science & Technology (CAST) and in collaboration with MIT Professor D. Fox Harrell.

Pre-registration for the event is strongly suggested.