An Alternate Universe Where IKEA Helps You Build Prisons

Want to set up a police state, complete with instant detainment facilities and torture cells? Now IKEA can help! Just consult these handy instructions for cells and guard towers, with a handy CD of music to torture by.

These images are from "IKEA Playlist Kit for Primates," the third in artist Bill Burns' series about animals at war. You can get the CD set, complete with the a playlist taken from what prison guards played to prisoners to keep them awake in their cells at Guantanamo Bay. Somehow IKEA instructions seem to work nicely for depicting an incomprehensible police state apparatus.

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Burns has created a series of posters based on the IKEA Playlist Kit for Primates to benefit Art Metropole in Toronto. Find out more about animals and war on Burns' website.

(Caveat: Bill is my uncle on the Canadian side.)

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I must be dense because I don't get the point he's trying to make. Guard towers and cells are relatively simple structures that aren't too much more difficult to assemble than the IKEA desk I'm sitting at right now. If it's a statement about war or detention facilities, I just don't get it.