The Reposition Matrix

Workshops mapping the drone as a physical, industrially-produced technology of war, and consequently explore how this affects our understanding of the covert drone campaigns in the Middle East.

[Reposition Matrix] Quiet Heat: On Archive Machines and War Fever

Quiet Heat: On Archive Machines and War Fever is an online essay that inquires into the state of (in)security in the aftermath of the War on Terror.

Read the introduction to Quiet Heat here. The full text is available on quietheat.dvyng.com.

The text was supported by MAP as part of their Footnooting the Archive programme, and additionally by Servus, where the initial research for the text was undertaken as part of a remote residency. The text is now hosted in their Artist-Run Data Centre.

Reposition Matrix at Artist Run Data Centre

Following the work-in-process check in at Servus in late November, progress continues on a hypertext document that describes the circumstances leading to the death of Anwar Al-Awlaki - the first US citizen knowingly targeted by the US government in a drone strike.

The document will draw on information released in the mass media, on social media, and in gray media - the administrative documents, embassy cables, memos, and powerpoint presentations released by the US government under FOIA requests, official releases, or leaked via unofficial channels such as wikileaks, cryptome, etc.

Updates to follow.

DRONES: Eyes From a Distance - Berlin, April 18-19

A talk on The Reposition Matrix workshop series will be presented as part of DRONES: Eyes From a Distance at the Disruption Network Lab in Berlin. Co-panelists include Jack Serle (from the Bureau of Investigative Journalism), and Tonje Hessen Schei (director of Drone). The panel will be moderated by Marc Garret of Furtherfield.

What is the politics and the regime of power beyond drone-systems? Which are the consequences both on militant networks and civil society of an increasing automatism of conflicts? Can we track down the hidden strategies that move target-killings? Can we understand better drone technology? This event combines reflections on the political and technological infrastructure of drone-systems, the use of them in massive and weaponised military programmes, and the artistic and activist response to this.

More information about the full programme available here.