Green Book Study



Jehad Nga was born in Kansas, but raised in Tripoli, Libya and London, England. His work Green Book Study is a glitch art project based in the politics of an unstable Libya. "During the revolution that finally brought Gaddafi's reign to an end," Nga explains, "it was common knowledge that the intelligence arm of the government, in its heightened state of awareness, spied on its citizens as they attempted to traffic information out of the country." Starting from this premise, Nga then employed a surveillance of his own, intercepting internet traffic through a satellite affixed to the rooftop of a farmhouse in Tripoli. He filtered the traffic to seek only photographs, and selected a representative sample. Then, in an effort to emphasize the structural weakness of the data, he converted the images to binary and introduced new information into the files, thereby corrupting their essence. The images, in their distorted state, provide a snapshot into the internet viewing habits of a population, simultaneously informing and misleading.

The title of Nga's project, Green Book Study, refers to a book published originally in 1975, The Green Book, which was meant to lay out the political philosophy of Gaddafi. It was required reading for the population, and though it was meant to serve as a theory that solved the contradictions inherent in capitalism and communism, Nga says instead, "the book is widely considered to be little more than a series of fatuous diatribes used to subjugate an entire population".