Part of the Reflections On An Age of Anxiety Series. All Hail Our Robot Overlords is a Digital Collage which attempts to evade the kill-lists and targeting computers of highly advanced and increasingly automated robotic weapons which are becoming commonplace on the modern battlefield. In parts of the world right now Predator Drones are loitering above populated areas armed with powerful Hellfire Missiles. They are remote controlled by pilots safely sitting in shipping containers, continents away, observing the people below through a bank of targeting screens connected to a high resolution camera. That said, there is a current drive in Military technological research to fully automate the process of killing, this will remove the human factor altogether and leave complex tactical and ethical decisions up to basic computer programming, whilst banishing the issue of accountability to a legal and moral grey area. We live in a time where a Campaign To Stop Killer Robots truely exists. This organisations aim is to get governments to commit to a ban on autonomous weapons before they become a reality, as once they come into use it will be almost impossible to go back. Switch off your targeting computers. For the moment at least, a human remains in charge of the trigger.
Part of the Reflections On An Age of Anxiety Series. Not Just Collateral is a Digital Collage which picks among the rubble of repeated airstrikes on residential areas. From the very first intentional bombing of a civilian population at Guernica in 1937 during the Spanish Civil war, through the London Blitz, Dresden, Hiroshima, Nagasaki, and on to the modern day use of Predator Drones and Precision Guided Munitions in Africa and the Middle East; Innocent people on the ground have been wounded and killed in the destruction wrought by powerful Nation States competing for resources and influence. Collateral Damage is the De-Humanizing euphemism used by military forces to create an emotional distance from the fact that it is Human lives and not just material property which are being destroyed by these acts of aggression. They are Not Just Collateral. . . They are Human.