'Not A Bug Splat' co-creator on humanizing drone victims

The #NotABugSplat project aims to make the people on the ground visible (notabugsplat.com)


Guest host Piya Chattopadhyay speaks with Akash Goel of the Not a Bug Splat art installation campaign. The artist collective recently unrolled a portrait of a young survivor -- whose parents and sibling were reportedly killed in a drone strike -- on a field in Pakistan. Their aim: to put a human face to the casualties of remote-controlled drone strikes.

The project's name is a play on the term "bug splats" -- the computer generated image of impact that drone operators see when they hit their targets.

"We wanted to change the perspective of the drone's-eye-view," says Goel, who notes that the photo can be seen for thousands of miles above ground.

"This is really just to bring a sensitivity and awareness to the civilian lives at stake and to engage in a broader conversation about: what is the moral and just use of these technologies?"

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