Skynet*
2012

For Skynet, a custom built device that exposes a smart phone's screen onto medium format slide film was taken to a military satellite ground station in Oakhanger, Hampshire. Running the app SatAr which tracks the location of satellites in the sky, the device captured the live view image from the phones camera of the base and the augmented visualisation the satellites positions. The action was documented as the resulting medium format slide film and a video shot on an iphone.

*Skynet is a family of military satellites, now operated by Paradigm Secure Communications on behalf of the UK Ministry of Defence, which provide strategic communication services to the three branches of the British Armed Forces and to NATO forces engaged on coalition tasks. The satellites enable RAF pilots sitting in their base in the Nevada desert to fly Reaper drones and launch their missiles over Afghanistan.

Skynet, the main antagonist in the Terminator franchise, is a fictional artificial intelligence system which becomes self-aware and decides to terminate humanity.


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