WAR ROOM

How is a predator drone like a green screen? At first glance, these technologies—one destructive, the other creative—may seem at odds with one another. Principally, a military drone removes a pilot from the dangerous context of the battlefield. Meanwhile, the green screen operates in the opposite direction, transposing actors’ bodies into new and remote contexts. Despite their contrariety, however, the two share a common premise: each functions with the auxiliary purpose of reducing the user’s risk of injury to zero. A facility equipped with both of these tools could conceivably afford its operators a limitless capacity to produce images and a limitless capacity to inflict injury on targets anywhere in the world, safely removed from the dangerous context of the battlefield.

War Room is a ten channel, 450 sq. ft. installation born from the proposition that a single studio could produce both the military and media aspects of war remotely, through drone and green screen technologies. Instead of operating as a functional weapon, however, the installation is transformed into a subversive simulation by video works that allude to the space's potential function while ultimately undermining it. Live video feeds from cameras installed within the gallery imbue the space with a false sense of interactivity, invoking a deteriorated democratic environment in which the last constitutionally mandated congressional declaration of war was issued during World War II.

 

 

War Room

Multimedia installation

2016

Party Hunter

Single-channel video installation

2016

LIVE!

Six-channel video installation

2016

Sparkle

Two-channel video installation

2016

(c) Alistair Debling 2018

Alistair Debling is an interdisciplinary artist working across installation and performance.