View from a Kill | Mute

Something disturbs the public about drones. We are trained from childhood not just in empathy but also fairness – the assumption of risk, however asymmetric, as a technical component of fair play. The fighter pilot assessing its own small likelihood of dying in a fireball versus the desire for a perfect score. Even video games impose a small penalty on the player – death etc. – and regardless of how easily you bounce back from that it’s still a markdown. The drones, way cheaper than conventional bomber pilots and with the capability to deliver air strikes with needlepoint precision plus no repercussions (it is said), transcend most utilitarian arguments against them. In his statement the artist locates the public fear of drones not as a technical distaste – which may abate as the technology settles in – but an unformed fear of the future.
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