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
"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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