I've now been working at ISIS Arts, Newcastle, UK for three weeks. Iraqimemorial.org is nearly complete in the English version. The site is currently being translated to Arabic - when the translation is ready we will start creating the Arabic mirror to the English version. Iraqimemorial.org now has 6 jurors - I am looking forward to officially and publicly launching the site in the next few weeks. Presently there are 18 artists committed and working on the first group of proposals for the site.
What has been most challenging these past few days is to establish the "links" for the project. I've done my best to find a variety of sources for facts and figures related to civilian casualties in the war, along with other web sources both exploring issues surrounding contemporary memorials, sites linking to artists, memorials, both well known/and lesser known, Iraq politics, blogs from Iraqi citizens and American soldiers. I questioned myself whether to post the link to the official "Operation Iraqi Freedom Official Website of the Multi-National Force - Iraq", the site is undeniably problematic - yet one can learn from such official sources as much as one can be mystified.