Exploring mass surveilance and drone policy
“We all Scream” is a poster that represents a speculative mass surveillance future and critiques drone policy, surveillance, policing, and military activities abroad.
Speculative design is criticized for its shortsightedness and ignorance of privilege; designers often explore dystopic futures that already exist in the global south. My intention was to create an artifact that would force viewers to reflect upon not only their own circumstance but also the reality of other distant individuals.
I was intrigued by the concept of drones because of their variability in identity; they exist as military grade weapons as well as toys. For many American civilians, drones exist as a geeky niche hobby and a photography toy. Overseas, however, they are typically representative of the infinite reach of American military power and a much more sinister intention. In addition to this dichotomy, I was also interested in exploring how to subvert drones.
As I researched the present state of drones, I mapped out characteristics and themes that emerged.