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In the widely marketed video game Quest for Saddam , players fight stereotypical Iraqi foes and try to kill Saddam. Al Qaeda did its own take, creating an online video game using the structure of Quest for Saddam but adding a new "skin" to turn the game into a hunt for Bush: "The Night of Bush Capturing." Now artist Wafaa Bilal has hacked the Al Qaeda version of the game to put his own more nuanced spin on this epic conflict. In The Night of Bush Capturing: A Virtual Jihadi , Bilal casts himself as a suicide-bomber in the game. After learning of the real-life death of his brother in the war, he is recruited by Al Qaeda to join the hunt for Bush.
Having emerged on the New York scene in the late 90s, Brooklyn-based collaborative duo FAILE have gathered a firm following over the years with their flypostered vision transforming many a street the world over. Creating original imagery from an array of pop culture, their practice amalgamates print techniques, painting, stenciling, collage, sculpture, and typography. Acknowledged as early pioneers in the contemporary street art movement with their instantly recognisable style, FAILE's work is inspired by Cy Twombly, Robert Rauschenberg, Roy Lichtenstein, Basquiat and the throwaway imagery of advertising, flyposting, comic books and TV.