The Enemy by Karim Ben Khelifa

Opening October 5, 2017

The Enemy by Karim Ben Khelifa, a groundbreaking interactive Virtual Reality (VR) exhibition and immersive experience, will make its North American premiere at the MIT Museum. Through 360-degree imaging and recordings, participants will encounter combatants on opposite sides of conflicts in Israel/Palestine, The Congo, and El Salvador. In their own words, each will offer personal perspectives on war, including thoughts on motivations, suffering, freedom, and the future.

The exhibition incorporates concepts from artificial intelligence and cognitive science-based interaction models. Conceived by acclaimed photojournalist Karim Ben Khelifa, this ambitious project was further developed during a visiting artist residency at MIT hosted by MIT’s Center for Art, Science & Technology (CAST) and in collaboration with MIT Professor D. Fox Harrell.

Timed entry to The Enemy will be limited (5 per quarter hour) and pre-registration is strongly suggested. Please check back for registration and additional information in September.  

The Enemy is organized by the MIT Museum and Camera lucida.


Parental/Guardian/Adult Discretion Advised

Unlike many virtual reality experiences, The Enemy is not a game. Its subject matter deals with serious issues and contains honest, but sometimes disturbing content about actual geopolitical conflicts and combatants. It is not recommended for children under 14. Discretion is advised.