The Same Face
Mixed Media Installation, 2015
a HOUSE 2015 | Lighthouse co-commission
The Kitchen, The Regency Town House Basement, Brunswick Square, Hove
The Same Face is a 1:1 scale set of a drone command centre. The installation plays upon the uneasy similarities found between handmade, hobby flight simulators and actual drone control rooms, where only outside these spaces does the disparity of their potential for destruction become apparent. Inside, amongst the video monitors and various consoles, a labour of love and an act of war share the same face.
Films simulating on-board camera footage illuminate the room. The work takes the historical bombing of Brighton’s Grand Hotel as a point of departure, where the location of the event is one of a series of landscapes reimagined from 5000ft high.
Drones exemplify how technology has joined the fighter pilot with the wider global audience in a remote viewing of conflict, where his absence from the sky is mediated by instruments and imagery. The distance from the pilot to the frontline mirrors the distance from the model maker to their handmade worlds.
The imagery further explores how modern warfare is rendered as if in a video game platform, where the edges of the real and the virtual blur in the transmission of animated pixels.
above: The Same Face / stills from the three films