Kitakyushu, Japan: CCA Kitakyushu, 2009. 2009. Octavo, publisher's black-and-white printed stiff paper wraps.
Scarce artist book collecting lyrics of 25 songs used to induce sleep deprivation, prolong capture shock, disorient detainees and drown out screams during interrogations in US-operated Guantanamo Bay Detention Camp. Metal and rap lyrics were meant to intimidate detainees – such as 2Pac's "All Eyez on Me" or Metallica's "Enter Sandman" – while Christina Aguilera's hyper-sexual "Dirrty" was chosen to offend religious sensibilities of Islamist prisoners. Meanwhile, the use of upbeat "futility music," such as Barney the Dinosaur's "I Love You" was meant to break prisoners through grating repetition. Puerto Rico-based artist duo Allora & Calzadilla have worked together since the 90s, creating a body of work that often explores the historical relationship of music to geopolitics and power: in a 2006 installation Clamour they created a chamber "resembling a bunker, a ruin, a cave, and a sound booth," and hosted live performances set to an audio archive of historical war music, mixing songs from the American Revolution with contemporary news broadcasts. Published as part of Japan's Center for Contemporary Art's Artists' Book Series. Issued simultaneously with a limited edition of 30 signed and numbered copies, this copy is one of an unspecified number unsigned. Lightest rubbing to edges. Near fine. Item #2228