erasure Atomic Bomb Video
This component consists of altered video imagery of an early Atomic Bomb explosion. After Hiroshima and Nagasaki, radio-controlled drones took most Atomic bomb test footage. This deliberate alteration of time gives the impression that the visitor is looking at a still image caught in time. I show this video together with reflective, chrome texts that speak to the history of the use of uavs and to long-held narratives about collateral damage.
Truman: ‘The world will note that the first atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima, a military base. That was because we wished in this first attack to avoid, insofar as possible, the killing of civilians.’
Former CIA Director John Brennan: ‘There hasn’t been a single collateral death because of the exceptional proficiency, precision of the capabilities we’ve been able to develop…’