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Weaponized Bureaucracy: Kill-Chains, Drones, and Tethers

Warren, A ORCID: 0000-0003-0002-5753 2018 , 'Weaponized Bureaucracy: Kill-Chains, Drones, and Tethers', in S Brady and L Mantoan (eds.), Performance in a Militarized Culture , Routledge, New York, pp. 288-303.

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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 demonstrationof UAVs (Unmanned Aerial Vehicles) in a sales pitch to the public” (Next Wave 2014a). Theperformance was scheduled to run from 6–8pm in the small car park behind BUS Projects, anartist-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 hatchbackwas 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 directionalspeaker 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 fromcommercially available parts, this domestic drone was attached to the car with a short rope.

Item Type: Book Section
Authors/Creators:Warren, A
Keywords: drone, performance, participation, policy, health and safety
Publisher: Routledge
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Copyright 2018 Asher Warren

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