Part of The Reflections On An Age Of Anxiety Series. War Child is a Digital Collage that cries out at the thought of a simple political or tactical miscalculation leading to the spread of war. Tensions mount at global flashpoints when the worlds most powerful militaries engage in posturing behaviour with one another. Flashpoints occour where countries spheres of influence overlap and a struggle for dominance ensues. For instance the naval collisions and near misses between China and the USA in the disputed islands of the South China Sea, Russian military aircraft probing British airspace, Mounting tensions in the Middle East over attacks on Oil Tankers in the Strait of Hormuz, the recent downing of a US drone nearly resulting in American military action against Iran, these all carry a real risk of large nations blindly blundering towards disaster.
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.