Artist Projects

Black Mirror

Matias Viegener

Black Mirror investigates the social and political effect of drone technology through participatory video, poetry and dream maps, installed together in a dynamic exhibition that raises consciousness of the radical transformation in domestic and international surveillance. A set of video experiments in American utopian colonies, in the classroom and abroad use a consumer-level drone’s HD video camera to track others and spy on ourselves. Looking through, with and at the drone, this footage will form the visual backbone for an exhibition on surveillance, the desire to see and the fear of being seen. A set of mischievous “drone poems” continue the exploration by using poetic language, one of our oldest technologies, to examine our newest and most alienating technology. The third component is a set of dream maps based on research into the dreams of both drone operators and the people who are terrorized by them.