A data installation presenting information on drone strikes through the use of toy gunshots and deaths printed on receipt paper
By Patricia Hallam on July 31st 2015
Artificial Killing Machine is an autonomous interactive mechanical installation. This chilling time-based work accesses a public database on U.S. military drone strikes. When a drone strike occurs the machine activates and fires a children’s toy cap gun for every death that results. The raw information used by the installation is then printed. The materialised data is allowed to accumulate in perpetuity or until the life cycle of either the database or machine ends. A single chair is placed beneath the installation inviting the viewers to sit in the chair and experience the imagined existential risk.