Breathe Easy (RMIT Brunswick), 2014
Giant Art Installation Targets Predator Drone Operators
In military slang, Predator drone operators often refer to kills as ‘bug splats’, since viewing the body through a grainy video image gives the sense of an insect being crushed.
To challenge this insensitivity as well as raise awareness of civilian casualties, an artist collective installed a massive portrait facing up in the heavily bombed Khyber Pukhtoonkhwa region of Pakistan, where drone attacks regularly occur. Now, when viewed by a drone camera, what an operator sees on his screen is not an anonymous dot on the landscape, but an innocent child victim’s face.
For more info visit: NotABugSplat.com/
Data-bent a photo and turned the results into compressed gifs.
RMIT AND THE UNIVERSITY OF LETHBRIDGE INDIGENOUS ARTS RESIDENCY EXCHANGE
2 MAY TO 29 MAY 2014
OPENING THURSDAY 1 MAY 5–7PM
NEON KOHKOM [CAN]
Amy Malbeuf and Jordan Bennett are multi-disciplinary visual artists from Canada and, as a collaborative, are Neon Kohkom. Through their practice they survey notions of identity, tradition, spirituality, consumerism, and pop culture. During their residency they will create work related to themes of misrepresentation and exaggeration in relation to ideas of Indigeneity. Malbeuf and Bennett will digitally build a repertoire of hyper-Aboriginal imagery and create collaborative installation based around this collection. Neon Kohkom is the 2014 guest of the RMIT iAIR / University of Lethbridge Indigenous residency exchange. (More info)