Interactive Installation, Silent, Duration Variable.
Game Modification with Hamish Blackwood
“I no longer love blue skies. In fact, I prefer grey skies. The drones do not fly when the skies are grey... when the sky brightens the drones return, as does the fear.” - Zubair Rehman, Speaking to United States Congress
Blue Skies is an interactive installation that allows ‘players’ to engage in a drone simulator, similar to those used by western forces for so-called ‘targeted assassinations’.
The game takes place in Kunduz, a province in northern Afghanistan. The drone fly’s on a pre designed flight path allowing players only to control the weapon. Initially the game presents two targets for the player to ‘assassinate’. However, it is impossible for players to complete this objective without accidentally killing near by civilians, and thus loosing the game. When the mission is complete, statistics on the number of civilians accidentally murdered are displayed on the screen.
Each player is free to engage with the simulator differently; from instantly seeking and attacking the targets, to simply flying around and admiring the scenery.