Joseph Rabie
Since 2002
Works in Tournefeuille France

Joseph Rabie is a biodegradable member of the human race but is happy to tell you that decay, dry rot or any other form of physical or mental diminishment have yet to compromise my incredibly good humour. As a disclaimer, kindly note that my children may be of a contrary opinion. In real life: I was born and raised in Cape Town, South Africa, where my only arms against Apartheid were satire and caricature. I studied Architecture and Urban Design at the Technion, in Haifa, Israel, but left when Ariel Sharon offered me a role in the 1982 invasion of Lebanon. After working in various architectural offices in Paris, I spent 1989 in the CIMA computing and architecture laboratory, where I developed a programme for the 3D representation of urban codes. From 1990 to 1994 I ran an urban design office in Toulouse; I now run a multimedia company called Magelis ( where I am currently exploring the paradox that though we have clients in the banking industry, this does not make our own banker consider our catastrophic cash flow problems with humanity. In 1992 I made an interactive cartoon strip that won a "noteworthy" mention in the 1994 "New Voices, New Visions" competition organised by "Wired", "Interval Research", and the (much regretted) "Voyager Company" of New York. In 1998 my Iceland Sundaes web site ( was exhibited at the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art during the LAFreewaves Festival. Since 2000 I have been working on interactive photography; in 2002 I was invited by the Festival "1erContacts" in Issy-les-Moulineaux (Paris) to make an outdoor, photographic, sound-driven installation. The "Over My Dead Body" project, a world wide online demo, was launched in November 2002.
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prophylactics and the president

Here is the most recent newsletter from the "Over My Dead Body" project...

Joe Rabie.


Joe Blogs goes to see the queen

(or: British Monarchy and the Politics of Submission)

The other day, the Queen of England visited Toulouse, in south western France. First she went to church, then she had lunch with the mayor, then she christened an airliner for Virgin Atlantic Airways at the Airbus Works, and then she went home. A great big crowd of people turned out to see her. The fascination that people have for Her Royal Highness is a source of much perplexity. After all, royalty is an aberration that has survived in modern times, like the appendix at the bottom end of the human intestine. So while we wait for it to explode, here is a photographic account of her visit...


Interactive Photography

I have been working for a while now on what I call interactive photographs. Interactive photographs are not only sensitive to light, they are also sensitive to the beholder's scrutiny. There are two series: Landscopes, a general exploration of the sense of place, and Collido_scope, an installation that I made for the 1er Contact digital art festival at the Cube in Issy-les-Molineaux, outside Paris, last year:

These pages lead to presentations of the pictures, which are generally too heavy for download. I have included three of the smaller ones, after a drastic JPEG diet. They can be reached via explanations via the links above, or if you are in a hurry and want a shortcut:

For other info and other projects, go to:


pray, George, pray!

Here is a poster to keep the flame of protest burning for the conflict formerly known as the War in Iraq. Be free to forward this far and wide:

GIF version:

For printable versions: (80 Ko) (1.2 Mo - high definition)

For more posters:


These posters are provided as a service promoting political hygiene by the Over My Dead Body project:


Of Truespeak & Freedom Fries

You may know that French cuisine has suffered a severe setback this week. The foodstuff formerly known as "french fries" are henceforth to be known as "freedom fries" - decision of the US Congress.

Here is a copy of the placard that I'll be carrying in Toulouse tomorrow:

for printable versions: (100 Mo) (900 Mo - high definition)

For more posters (posted on Rhizome last month):


Come demonstrate in the "Over My Dead Body" project!