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Date/Time: 23/04/2004 12:00 am

An exhibition by Jakob S. Boeskov
April 23 – May 21 2004, Mon-Fri 1-6 pm
>> Opening Talk: April 23 2004, 6 –7 pm
>> Opening Reception: April 23 2004, 7-10 pm
601 West 26th Street, Floor 4 New York, NY 10001
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Weapons that shoot microchips into the bodies of innocent civilians. An artist
smuggling blueprints for fake technology inside China’s first international
weapons fair. Laughing arms traders drinking 30-year-old Chivas Regal among
teenage models advertising new weapons. No, it’s not a chilling sci-fi movie;
it’s reality, and a project by Danish artist Jakob S. Boeskov.
Boeskov traveled to Beijing in June 2002 posing as the CEO of Empire North, a
fictional Scandinavian arms company. He infiltrated CIEPE (China International
Exhibition on Police Equipment) — an event where, for the first time, jet-
setting international weapons dealers rubbed shoulders in China. In order to
blend in, Boeskov brought 300 fake business cards and a poster of a horrific,
hi-tech weapon. This weapon, the ID Sniper, was designed to shoot GPS (Global
Positioning System) microchips into the bodies of innocent civilians, whose
movements later could be followed by authorities via a GPS satellite system.
Boeskov describes the 3 days at the weapons fair as “the worst 3 days of my
life, like being trapped inside a nightmarish sci-fi novel that you authored
With MY DOOMSDAY WEAPON, Boeskov develops what he calls “Fictionalism,”
illustrating a need for political art to take risks by “hacking reality.” He
asks artists to “Turn your worst fears about the future into a product. Present
this product in present day reality. Report the reactions.”
To read Boeskov’s essay on the CIEPE and Empire North, please visit:
And to hear Boskov speak about this project on the WNYC program The Next Big
Thing, visit: www.nextbigthing.org/archive/episode.html?04092004
Jakob S. Boeskov was born in 1975 and lives in Copenhagen, Denmark. MY DOOMSDAY
WEAPON is his first New York solo exhibition. For more information about
Boeskov and Empire North, see www.jakobboeskov.com and www.empirenorth.dk. He
can be contacted at: jakobboeskov@mail.dk.
For an online version: http://events.thing.net
This exhibition is sponsored by the Danish Arts Council, the Committee For
Visual Arts, and the Committee For International Art. THE THING is funded by
the Rockefeller Foundation and the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council.
THE THING /// 601 W 26th St 4th floor NY 10001 212.937.0444