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Omer Fast: open Zoom discussion part of Highline- Remote Control: Surveying Drones and Culture Today

“Shifting Focus: Representing Drones” Panel discussion, online via Zoom Friday, February 11, 12–1:30pm ET Featuring Sam Durant, artist; Omer Fast, artist; and Sonia Kennebeck, filmmaker and journalist; moderated by Melanie Kress, High Line Art Associate Curator register here Online and in-person at The Clemente. High Line Art, the Vera List Center for Art and Politics at The New School, and writer and researcher Arthur Holland Michel present Remote Control: Surveying Drones and Culture Today, a symposium examining contemporary intersections of drones and drone warfare, arts, and culture. The symposium takes place online and in person, and features performances, and panel discussions, with leading experts, artists, activists, academics, and practitioners across diverse disciplines. The symposium is the second hosted in concert with Sam Durant’s High Line Plinth commission Untitled (drone), a large-scale art commission that intends to increase visibility around intentionally obscured drone warfare and surveillance perpetuated by the US. For detailed event descriptions, please visit thehighline.org, veralistcenter.org, or the registration page.  

Online screening of Omer Fast ‘5000 Feet is the Best’ on e-flux Video & Film

e-flux Video & Film will is online screening Omer Fast’s 5000 Feet is the Best (2011), on view from Tuesday, April 6 through Monday, April 19, 2021. 5000 Feet is the Best is based on conversations with a U.S. Predator drone operator, that were recorded in a Las Vegas hotel. On-camera, the drone operator discussed the technical aspects of his job and his daily routine. Off-camera and off-the-record, he briefly described incidents in which the unmanned plane fired at both militants and civilians. The film repeatedly turns from documentary to reenactment and fiction, weaving together the drone operator’s account along with scenes depicting other crimes in and around Las Vegas. 5000 Feet is the Best is presented here as one of four films in Part Five | Faux Documentary and Complex Reality the last of five programs in the online series True Fake: Troubling the Real in Artists’  Films programmed by Lukas Brasiskis for e-flux Video & Film. True Fake: Troubling the Real in Artists’ Films runs from February 9 through April 19, 2021. The films in each part will screen for two weeks with a repeat screening of films in all programs on Tuesday, April 20, 2021.