|2018||Asad J. Malik|
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…at the end of the day, what we’re trying to portray is: are these Muslim-seeming bodies that are being scanned and surveyed throughout their lives even able to be figured out? It’s almost a constant battle between obstruction and being a real human.
Asad J. Malik, Author, in Vice.
Terminal 3 is an interactive, augmented reality documentary in which viewers take on the role of an airport security officer interrogating an airport passenger before them. The user is presented with two questions at a time and chooses between them. As the interrogation goes on, the viewer is able to learn more about the unique personality, life experiences, and world views of the passenger before them. The interrogation ends only when the viewer decides to let the passenger into the country—or not.
Terminal 3 combines documentary techniques with a branching narrative structure that allows viewers to guide the conversation with the Muslim passenger before them. Inspired by the author’s own experiences being interrogated, this project makes use of the airport interrogation setting to explore Muslim identities in the US, as well as a tension between scanning, obstruction, and human-to-human interaction. Terminal 3 wrestles with the power dynamics, technological interventions, and political climates that regularly impede human-to-human engagement and the sharing of life stories.