The Enemy by Karim Ben Khelifa

The Enemy by Karim Ben Khelifa, a groundbreaking interactive Virtual Reality (VR) exhibition and immersive experience, makes 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.

The Enemy is open daily October 5 through December 31 - except November 4, November 23 and 24, and December 24 and 25. It also will open three Friday evenings - October 20, November 17, December 15.

Timed entry to The Enemy will be limited (5 per quarter hour) and pre-registration is strongly suggested. To see more information about The Enemy, please click here


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  • MIT Museum
  • 265 Massachusetts Ave
  • Cambridge, MA 02139
  • Central Square
  • 617 253 5927

Date & Time

  • Thu, October 5, 2017
    Sun, December 31, 2017

Location Hours

Every Day 10 am - 5 pm


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