Tuesday, March 4, 2014

We Will Show You Fear in a Handful of Dust | 2014

“From late Neolithic times in the Near East, right down to our own day, two technologies have recurrently existed side by side: one authoritarian, the other democratic, the first system-centered, immensely powerful, but inherently unstable, the other [hu]man-centered, relatively weak, but resourceful and durable.” - Lewis Mumford, Authoritarian and Democratic Technics


"We Will Show You Fear in a Handful of Dust" is a public sculpture with related artwork and ephemera created by Finishing School, a Los Angeles-based artist collective in collaboration with artists Nadia Afghani and Matt Fisher. The sculpture is a full-scale model of a MQ-1 Predator Drone. The drone substrate will be fabricated with a subtractive 3d CAD process. The public is invited to the Occidental College campus in Los Angeles (March 14-16, 2014) to help FS and collaborators with the application of architectural-grade mud to the surface of the drone using age-old participatory construction methods and traditions. In the dichotomy between the drone's form and its surface, the sculpture opens a powerful discussion of technology and contemporary foreign policy while inviting multiple propositions about cultural legacies and possible resistances in the era of pervasive global surveillance and warfare.

March 14-16, 2014 // Drone Building Workshop // 10AM-Sunset
March 19, 2014 // Reception // 5-9PM

"We Will Show You Fear in a Handful of Dust" is made possible by the Wanlass Artist in Residence Program, which is supported by the Kathryn Caine Wanlass Foundation. 
Support for this project also provided by the Remsen Bird Fund

To learn more about the upcoming Spring Days of Action against drone kiling and surveillance, CLICK HERE!

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