Hal Tara

Hal Tara, connects the body to war, sandwiching the idea of surgery with the rhetoric of surgical bombing. In a gradual transformation, the piece becomes a satirical comment on blind patriotism and luxury at the expense of the third world. I imagined this piece at a time I was working for the city hall where a majority of the population is conservative republican. The conversations of co-workers sounded like replays of ABC and NBC news commentary, and their attitude about war was that of sports fans cheering the victory in a video game or cartoon with fantastical villains. They celebrated the 4th of July during the occupation of Iraq with even more fervor than usual. My experience of the 4th of July that summer felt much like Hal Tara.