Drone Studies

Fear Brings About 1-5 (2010) investigates the relationship between the benign and the threatening by way of collaged cut-outs on found paper. Falling objects, cockpits and orbital technologies in saturated magazine hues allude to Cold War-era optimism about the advancement of military technologies and increasing surveillance from above. Culled from the pages of 1960s/70s-era National Geographic and Life magazines – publications offering curated glimpses of exoticized parts of the world – these fragments speak to the invisible structures of power underlying the ideologies of modernization and progress. Scrawled among the cut-outs is part of an Arabic prayer to be recited in moments of fear, invoking the work’s title and the disquietingly omnipresent “eye in the sky.”

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