Drone Studies

Article 000 1-21 (2016) builds upon a previous work entitled Architectural Studies 1-17 (2011), elements of which focus on information collected during the U-2 conflict in which an American spy plane was shot down over Russia on May 1st 1960, just before satellites were sent into space for the first time. The article numbers introduced by the work’s title make reference to classified CIA operations, while cut-out details of the plane printed on Mylar bring to mind visual and auditory surveillance data that was recorded onto Mylar tape during these missions. These documents are paired with the floor plans of twenty-one historic sacred sites, mosques which appear as carefully drafted blueprints.

We seem to be looking at recovered historical documents or lost pages from a satellite imagery notebook kept in the U-2’s cockpit. Perhaps at one time, this collected data was considered irrelevant or could have been easily lost among the vast swathes of data collected by the US military. However, against the backdrop of current global politics, these records and blueprints – many of which depict now demolished sacred sites – re-emerge with crucial significance. In continuity with the artist’s overall practice, Article 000 1-21 weaves historical research into constructed narratives in order to examine the impact of colonial power within a global context. This work forms part of a growing personal archive of documents, maps and objects that have become a catalyst for reclaiming marginalized histories.

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Article 000 1/21, 2016
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Article 000 2/21, 2016
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Article 000 3/21, 2016
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Article 000 4/21, 2016
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Article 000 5/21, 2016
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Article 000 6/21, 2016
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Article 000 7/21, 2016
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Article 000 8/21, 2016
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Article 9/21, 2016
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Article 000 10/21, 2016
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Article 000 11/21, 2016
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Article 000 12/21, 2016
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Article 000 13/21, 2016
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Article 000 14/21, 2016
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Article 000 15/21, 2016
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Article 000 16/21, 2016
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Article 000 17/21, 2016
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Article 000 18/21, 2016
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Article 000 19/21, 2016
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Article 000 20/21, 2016
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Article 000 21/21, 2016
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