LOAD is a meditation on an American gun culture encouraged by paranoia and concocted patriotism, where deadly weapons are as freely available as playthings.
In Drone, a man and woman’s distorted voices are juxtaposed over a series of urban scenes, museum dioramas and US Military drone strike footage.
Drone has been screened in exhibitions because of it’s militaristic and/or privacy undertones. But it operates on a number of different levels.
Central to the theme of the video is the conversation between the two people. The conversation is an attempt at intimacy through mobile devices. This attempt, however, is thwarted by the malfunctioning nature of the technology that is supposed to facilitate it. In essence, neither party is hearing or understanding the other. It is a dead conversation.
The resulting emotion is one of loss and isolation in a world where we are told our cellphones and our devices will bring us together. It is no wonder we give out our “cell” numbers with little to no sense of irony.