Artist Michael Rakowitz channels both our frivolous obsession with food trucks and the heavy political residue of the Iraq War with the latest iteration of his Enemy Kitchen project, a food truck selling Iraqi cuisine. This mobile version of Enemy Kitchen is the result of Rakowitz’s collaboration with Iraqi chefs from Chicago and will be staffed by American veterans of the Iraq War.
The ideal 21st century weapon is invisible, seemingly noninvasive. When drones, not soldiers, are fighting in Libya, the president can all the more easily eschew congressional approval to conduct a war. The weapon more invisible than a hovering drone: sound. Sound is used in torture, on the battlefield, and to break up protests. At the outset of his book Sonic Warfare, Steve Goodman relates how the Israeli air force creates sonic booms over the Gaza Strip, producing walls of sound that trigger nose bleeds, broken windows, anxiety attacks, and sleeplessness.