For his exhibition The Fantasy of Opting Out, Christopher Meerdo explores various modes of subjugation and subversion relative to our asymmetrical relationship with networked technologies.
This new body of work is derived from circumventions of restricted and administrative areas accessed through the dark web augmentations of files derived from hidden systems designed to collect and control bodies as subjects for metadata analysis.
For White Hot, photogrammetry modeled sculptures sit atop their corresponding United States Air Force drone videos. The videos, accessed through TOR channels, reveal testing and training procedures being implemented on US citizens. This includes the practice targeting of individuals outside a medical care center and on a long combination vehicle (LCV) semi truck. The term “white hot” is commonly used by Remotely Operated Aircraft Sensor Operators; the etymology stemming from the bright white representation of body heat when viewed with interfered targeting scopes mounted to drones as part of Multi-Spectral Targeting Systems.
The resulting sculptures, originating from the video frames, are deconstructed using a slicing technique and reconstructed by hand. Each sculpture is hydroprinted with collages derived from images collected during the researching of the project.