We live in an era of technological vision. But more than that, we live in an age where what you see is almost always strategically manipulated, massaged, commercialized, politicized. Almost never what you get. Remote Viewing is an experiment in visual intervention, a performance and a responsive installation presenting human and camera interactions as a site for contemplation. We focus in on the technology of drones because drones are agents of military vision. They are also, therefore, prime suspects for artistic repurposing. What we propose is a dislocation of bodies and of vision and an experiment in visual intervention. Focusing on the technology of the drones as agents of remote vision and interaction, we propose a meditation -- part visual, part conceptual -- on the status of vision, bodies and technology in the 21st century. Drones are as much floating heads as they are predatory machines, and to emphasize this conflation is to begin to interrogate the logic of surveillance for its relationship to an embodied ethics of virtual behavior.
in the exhibition In the Shadow of the Millennium
curated by Darryn Doull
Judith & Norman Alix Art Gallery, Sarnia, Canada
September 2016-January 2017
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