Introduction and Panel debate during the "Interrogating Torture" event as part of the Human Rights / Human Wrongs Festival at Litteraturhuset Oslo, Feb. 13, 2015. The "Interrogating Torture" event included a screening and a debate. The screening was a presentation of "Hearts and Minds: The Interrogations Project" -- a 3D immersive virtual artwork originally made for the CAVE2 at the Electronic Visualization Lab at UIC, which has been adapted for cinematic screening with the support of Arts Council Norway. The video does not include the traversal of the artwork, which will be presented separately. The debate was focused on expanding the context of the artwork. Artists Roderick Coover and Scott Rettberg were joined by collective violence researcher Jeffrey Murer, John Tsukayama, the author of the study of battlefield torture incidents during the American campaign in Iraq in the early 2000s on which Hearts and Minds is based, Gisle Kvanvig of the Norwegian Centre for Human Rights, and Asbjørn Rachlew, Superintendent of Norwegian Police. Rachlew is one of the lead interrogators in serious crimes investigations in Norway, and led the questioning of the July 22 terrorist Anders Behring Breivik. He has also been an advocate of humane investigative interrogation methods. The panel discussion thus addresses both the specific contexts of the Hearts and Minds project and broader questions of the consequences and effects of torture, and human rights-based alternatives to it.
The event was sponsored and organized with the support of the Norwegian Centre for Human Rights (UiO) and the Bergen Electronic Literature Research Group (UiB).