This artwork questions the use of Video Visitation technology introduced in US prisons over the past several years. The term "White Torture" originally comes from Iran, where intellectuals, activists and detainees themselves use it to refer to the use of incommunicado solitary confinement. In the installation a reproduction of the Video Visitation device is installed inside a small, uncomfortable white booth. One by one, audience members come inside the booth to watch the videos and pick up the phone receiver to try to communicate through the device. The videos played on the screen are clips recorded from the previous person in the booth. These recordings are extremely overexposed, with the white color and white noise in the speakers, making the images opaque and the sounds very hard to understand. The device plays in the previously recorded short video for each subsequent visitor.

Project Created: 
June 2013

Since 1990 the Electronic Frontier Foundation has defended free speech, privacy, innovation, and consumer rights online. Bogus copyright and trademark complaints have threatened all kinds of creative expression on the Internet. EFF’s Hall Of Shame collects the worst of the worst.

DeBeer’s attempt to take down New York Times Special Edition website is listed on the EFF’s Hall of Shame. I am proud.


When using PayPal for the Utopia Letterpress Print I want people to set their own price. PayPal offers a “Donate” button, but I wasn’t asking for donations. People are purchasing something, they’re just setting their own price for it. These PayPal buttons would not work for Karl Marx.

“From each according to his ability, to each according to his need” -Karl Marx

So I made my own buttons. And you can too!



Seven on Seven: Trailer from Rhizome on Vimeo.
Thoughts about Art and Technology

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New York Times -  Art Made at the Speed of the Internet: Don’t Say ‘Geek’; Say ‘Collaborator’
ArtForum - Phreaks and Geeks
Rhizome - Photos of 7on7
PSFK - When Artists Meet Programmers
BoingBoing - Rhizome’s 7on7

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Article about the Cruel Weather Middle Eastern film festival at Aberdeen’s Peacock gallery. The article includes an interview with Jay Murphy and a description of Identities in Motion, my solo show.
The post was originally by the wonderful Regine Debatty. Here

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August 11th, 2009
Daily Star, Lebanon
“Nostalgia tinkling at the ivories”
Daniel Hai and my visuals at the Guy Manoukian concert in Beiteddine on August 9th, 2009 moved the audience, and the press. Article here. The concert went great, over 4000 attendees (full house), very high energy in the audience and great feedback! Pictures soon.

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Between Spaces: On's "Beam Me Up"

Claire L. Evans reviews "Beam Me Up" on Rhizome

Wednesday, July 29th


"Beam Me Up" is an online exhibition for's ongoing exhibition about space, for which Sarah Cook of CRUMB, the Curatorial Resource for Upstart Media Bliss, and Eyebeam Curatorial Research Associate, commissioned new work by artists and scientists, Jayanne English, Alec Finlay, Eyebeam Alum Joe Winter, and Eyebeam Jamie O'Shea.

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