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Architecture of Fear

Jill Magid

A Reasonable Man in a Box 2010


A Reasonable Man in a Box takes the controversial Bybee memo as its starting point. This document, written by Jay Bybee in 2002 for defence and intelligence agencies, describes "acceptable" methods of "enhanced interrogation". The memo has since been withdrawn under President Obama. It explains, in a purely rational way, why certain techniques such as waterboarding are not torture. Locking a suspect in a small confined space with an insect, for example, is not torture as long as the insect is not lethal and as long as the man is "reasonable" enough to view his situation as non-life-threatening. A Reasonable Man in a Box explores the perversion of reason and the interrelationship of language and power. Fear as a political structure and fear in its most primitive form come together in an intense physical experience.


photo: Kristof Vrancken / Z33

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Taken on October 5, 2011