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Weaponized Bureaucracy: Kill-Chains, Drones, and Tethers


Warren, A, Weaponized Bureaucracy: Kill-Chains, Drones, and Tethers, Performance in a Militarized Culture, Routledge, S Brady and L Mantoan (ed), New York, pp. 288-303. ISBN 9781138690189 (2018) [Research Book Chapter]

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On the dark winter evening of 8 May 2014 a small audience gathered outdoors in Melbourne, Australia to witness Aerial ReCreation, a performance billed as "an expansive demonstration of UAVs (Unmanned Aerial Vehicles) in a sales pitch to the public" (Next Wave 2014a). The performance was scheduled to run from 68pm in the small car park behind BUS Projects, an artist-run gallery, and intended to investigate the incursions of military technologies and techniques of surveillance and control into civic society. A white, 1990 Nissan Pulsar hatchback was parked near the center of the space, a bank of laptop screens glowing from within. Walking around the perimeter of the car park, a figure projected sound from a hyper directional speaker mounted on a pole. Just above the car, a small UAV hovered, a mass of wires, sensors, and lights about two feet wide, held aloft by six whining propellers. Built by the artists from commercially available parts, this domestic drone was attached to the car with a short rope.

Item Details

Item Type:Research Book Chapter
Keywords:drone, performance, participation, policy, health and safety
Research Division:Creative Arts and Writing
Research Group:Performing arts
Research Field:Drama, theatre and performance studies
Objective Division:Culture and Society
Objective Group:Arts
Objective Field:The performing arts
UTAS Author:Warren, A (Dr Asher Warren)
ID Code:129620
Year Published:2018
Deposited By:Office of the School of Creative Arts and Media
Deposited On:2018-12-10
Last Modified:2019-01-04

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