Minutes of the Society for Ontofabulatory Research: report from the Committee for Aeronautical Psychogeography

Coley, Rob (2013) Minutes of the Society for Ontofabulatory Research: report from the Committee for Aeronautical Psychogeography. In: Radical Space, 18-20 October, 2013, Centre for Cutural Studies Research, University of East London.

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In late 2012, the RAF’s Remotely Piloted Aircraft Squadron began operating their provision of armed Reaper drones from Waddington air base in Lincolnshire. In a world in which military affairs have been revolutionized, and conflicts integrated as normalized states of crisis, the ‘drone’ is an expression of a system of power continually boosted by the myths and fears entangled in its paradoxical operation. Lincolnshire, known locally as ‘bomber county’, and defined by the narratives and aesthetics of its military culture, acts as microcosm for debates over the new spatialities of such power. Here we address these debates in reference to an experimental film project which creatively
deploys McKenzie Wark’s concept of ‘telesthesia’, exploiting ‘perception at a distance’ as a tool for what Nicholas Mirzoeff calls ‘countervisuality’. Inspired by avant-garde games of the twentieth century, the film maps and newly imagines the media-ecological battlefield in which we find ourselves. In briefly perceiving our collective presence as
both HERE and THERE, we aim to invoke what the novelist China Miéville calls a ‘swillage of...awe and horror from
‘beyond’, back into the everyday’, a weirding affect which the conventional narratives of our county will fail to contain or explain.

Keywords:fabulation, Drones, digital culture
Subjects:P Mass Communications and Documentation > P300 Media studies
Divisions:College of Arts > Lincoln School of Film & Media > Lincoln School of Film & Media (Media)
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Deposited On:22 Oct 2013 07:48

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