In her essay Infrared Dreams in Times of Transparency – The Love Life of Drones and Other Western Cyborgs Vika Kirchenbauer investigates the concepts of transparency, love, the “western” gaze etc. by reference to the global drone system.
Drones are masturbatory: they resemble only a self-consuming illusion of total subjectivity, a lonesome wank in the safest place. The drone is the ultimate peeping tom of modern warfare. Looking at the world through drones, with no-one looking back, the West – Former West, Global North or whatever term is considered adequate – ultimately stares back at itself. The gaze unmet by the observed is lastly directed inwards with self-satisfactory fulfilment.
Amrei Hofstätter translates some of these ideas into one of her signature illustrations, depicting transformations of unclear result that leave behind traces of abstract, absurdist machines on the brink of disintegration.
Join us on the occasion of the release of Married Print #1 at Archive Kabinett, Dieffenbachstrasse 31, Berlin on Friday, April 11, 8 p.m.