On Feb. 21, 2010, a convoy of vehicles carrying civilians headed down a mountain in central Afghanistan. American eyes were watching. For more than four hours, the U.S. military — including a Predator drone crew in Nevada, video screeners in Florida, an AC-130 airplane crew in the sky and an American special operations unit on the ground nearby — tracked the convoy, trying to decide whether it was friend or foe.
The language of this transcript displays the tacit disregard these US military personnel have for human life. The drone program places a critical distance between the pilots and their victims that re-enforces dehumanization.
This is a visual response to the the official U.S. military transcript of the radio transmissions and cockpit conversations that day, obtained by the Los Angeles Times through a Freedom of Information Act request.
This video was made in collaboration with Ryan Cherewaty
and exhibited at:
- Plan D – Techno-Optimism/Techno-Pessimism International Design festival, Zagreb.
- INFRA – A collaborative exhibition at 'La générale', Paris.
- Art Games Demos #4 – Gaming Festival, Lyon.
- GOGBOT Festival, Enschede NL.
- TEC Art Festival, Rotterdam NL.