Acrylic on linen, 180 x 1800 x 70mm
Image by Kelcy Taratoa. All rights reserved
First exhibited 2016, in ‘We Like Catching Fish’ — Ngā Tohu o Uenuku Māngere Arts Centre, Māngere, Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland, Aotearoa New Zealand. ‘S.O.C.O.M’ is part of a series of paintings asking questions about ‘The War on Terror’ and the development of, and use of highly advanced technologies by the West, such as high-tech surveillance capabilities. Ironically these technologies create a new level of terror due to the sophistication, imperceptibly and efficiency these technologies demonstrate in eliminating human threats to Western interests. Specifically drone technologies have a kill-chain programme that enables drone pilots to Find, Fix, Track, Target, Engage and Assess (F2T2EA) — ultimately enabling ‘targeted and signature killings’, completely removing judicial process. And this is all done at distance, and at a height undetectable to the human eye. This strike capability has established a new form of terror. However, such activities are conducted in countries far from how everyday life is experienced by Western civilians, creating an unsettling disconnect.