Saturday, August 27, 2011

[SDCPJ] Artists Launch Offensive Against San Diego

SAN DIEGO --- Ahead of the upcoming Art San Diego Contemporary Art Fair
<http://www.artsandiego-fair.com/> (September 1--4), the Periscope Project <http://www.theperiscopeproject.org/home.html>, a collective of artists, architects and urban planners, are taking to the streets of San Diego with a project that confronts the city's military complex, conservative politics and its reputation as a non-cultural hot spot.

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Tag from the appropriated logistical Predator Drone shipping container (image via Periscope's Facebook Page)

The project in question, dubbed /Drone Ready-Made: Fine Military Detritus/, revolves around an authentic logistical container used to transport the infamous Predator Drones <http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/08/16/rick-perry-drones-border-security_n_928194.html> currently deployed by the United States in military operations around the world.

The impetus for the project is homegrown. The Drones, whose deployment in unmanned air strikes and reconnaissance missions in Afghanistan, Pakistan and Iraq as well as on the US/Mexico border has shot up under Obama, are developed by General Atomics in San Diego County. Their facilities in Poway are in the district of outspoken Republican congressman Darrell Issa, whose highly questionable practices have been the subject of recent <http://www.nytimes.com/2011/08/15/us/politics/15issa.html?_r=1&pagewanted=all?src=tp> scrutiny <http://www.truth-out.org/goldman-sachs-vp-changed-his-name-now-advances-goldman-lobbying-interests-top-staffer-darrell-issa/1> by the /New York Times/, Truth-Out.org and others.

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http://hyperallergic.com/33444/artists-launch-offensive-against-san-diego/

SAN DIEGO - Ahead of the upcoming Art San Diego Contemporary Art Fair (September 1-4), the Periscope Project, a collective of artists, architects and urban planners, are taking to the streets of San Diego with a project that confronts the city's military complex, conservative politics and its reputation as a non-cultural hot spot.
Tag from the appropriated logistical Predator Drone shipping container (image via Periscope's Facebook Page)
The project in question, dubbed Drone Ready-Made: Fine Military Detritus, revolves around an authentic logistical container used to transport the infamous Predator Drones currently deployed by the United States in military operations around the world.
The impetus for the project is homegrown. The Drones, whose deployment in unmanned air strikes and reconnaissance missions in Afghanistan, Pakistan and Iraq as well as on the US/Mexico border has shot up under Obama, are developed by General Atomics in San Diego County. Their facilities in Poway are in the district of outspoken Republican congressman Darrell Issa, whose highly questionable practices have been the subject of recent scrutiny by the New York Times, Truth-Out.org and others.
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