Rise of the Machines was a body of work by Katy Mutton exploring the evolution of air warfare. With these pieces she transitioned from the romanticism of early combat planes to the idolatrous place of drones in modern warfare.
Over the last decade particularly there has been a proliferation of UAV (unmanned aerial vehicle/drone) deployment across the globe with seemingly little accountability. With increasing numbers of drones traversing our skies whether for surveillance or targeted strikes we have entered a new warfare zone.
Katy established the Post-War Project in 2014 combining research and art-making based largely around the Australian Soldier Settlement scheme which was established as an initiative of the Commonwealth and State Governments, to assist in the repatriation of servicemen returning from the First World War. The works so far consist of large ink drawings inspired by mapping and utilise coding techniques to represent the data gained from her research.
With generous curatorial support from cultural institutions such as the National Library of Australia and The Australian War Memorial the project research is set to continue through to 2017.
For information and progress updates please follow on Twitter @postwarproject or via the facebook page or visit the full project website postwarproject.com. The first public showing of the creative outcomes of Katy's research was held in April 2015, Post-War: Thousand Mile Stare exhibition held at ANCA Gallery, Dickson ACT. The catalogue essay from the show by Jessica Oliver can be found here. Opening night was fantastic with a fabulous performance by spoken word poet CJ Bowerbird and you can view some wonderful images of the night at Life in Canberra.
The second exhibition was held at the Art Vault, in Mildura Victoria.
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