DRONE DRAMA

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DRONE DRAMA: Music for the Dead 2016-2017 is a video that addresses what it is to be human in the age of the drone. Based on the album by Sean Derrick Cooper Marquardt, his original eleven titles are repurposed to question the militarized technology corporations of Silicon Valley.

Despite California’s free-wheeling, rebellious US government attitude, the state is the world’s fifth largest economy. It is based on technology companies that grew out of the Vietnam War munitions companies on the San Francisco Peninsula. The munitions companies morphed out of the local, world’s greatest WWII shipyards, and the wealth of Spanish Missions. The military defense contracted corporations drive income disparity, homelessness, environmental degradation and social upheaval.


Chapter 1. ‘I love watching the movement of your limbs when they tremble from the wind’s gentle caress.’ This chapter was filmed on the full moon summer solstice four hundred miles away from Aliso Canyon gas storage that was leaking a methane plume visible from space into the air for four months in 2016. It was one of the worst unreported environmental disasters in U.S. history. Christa Hunter.

Chapter 2. ‘Things that never die have never lived.’ Found online war video and war explosions posted as entertainment.

Chapter 3. ‘Music for the Dead’ examines domestic violence and it’s connection to collective anger and violence through the eyes of the traumatized witness. Martha Martinez, Bob Selfe.

Chapter 4. Offerings of the Oracle examines two repositories of knowledge and prediction in split screen. An online psychic-oracle, descendent of transgender shaman who used mask, costume, mood, and herbs to find answers within and in nature for the survival of tribe. And Oracle software corporation, a militarized knowledge editor named after it’s first CIA contract, their headquarters, salt pond and Oracle Team USA American Cup Challenger. With Rickey Crowe.

Chapter 5. ‘People build fences to keep people out and other people build fences to keep people in,’ presents the ‘surveillance eye,’ by drone at the coast near Pedro Rock where the US government patrols for foreign invasion, and by design of San Francisco Alcatraz prison, to keep prisoners imprisoned. Josh Berkowitz drone.

Chapter 6. ‘If you are not a fish, how can you tell if the fish are happy?’ considers the relevance of ancient dialogue of knowledge to contemporary digital information practice. It addresses the dilemma of knowledge at the precipice of nuclear and environmental disaster, in the age of drones. Asian Gardens, San Francisco.

Chapter 7. ‘Only the Sufferers Know How their Bellies Ache.’ San Francisco 03.2017. Harsh winter storms prevented filming for weeks. By the time rain stopped, I learned San Francisco city was removing the north side of the
freeway camps where the homeless ‘drug-users’ lived. The south side, the ‘non-drug-users-just-homeless’ side, was visibly frantic about the possibility of losing their much cleaner camps. “…it’s a game,” a man said drinking beer, with his canoe and giant teddy bear, hanging back and waiting for the city workers and police to leave so they could return. San Francisco and Peninsula housing is the highest in the nation due to inflated military contract salaries for the droves of technology workers who arrive to work in San Francisco Peninsula’s Silicon Valley. Once base to the Vietnam war munitions industry,and previously the greatest WWII ship builders, San Francisco Peninsula is now home to the military contracted bio-tech and knowledge software industry.The link between homelessness, drone warfare and military contracted technology corporations is a straight line.

Chapter 8. ‘Kind Words Conquer.’ I asked people to say, ‘I Love You.’ Golden Estella, Carlos, Hannah, Jeff Crouch, Sarah, Tamia, Mayra, Corissa, Karima, Vince, Chandra Erickson, Rickey Crowe, Shannon, Sulem Lopez, Rafael Gonzalez.

Chapter 9. ‘When Eating the Fruit, Remember the One Who Planted the Tree.’ With GoldenEstella. Filmed in San Francisco Botanical Gardens, San Francisco Conservatory of Flowers, San Francisco Potrero Seed Library, Shelldance Orchid Gardens. In the past 25 years, Davis and Rothenberg have established Shelldance Nursery as one of the premiere collections of rare and exotic bromeliads. “People are affected by what the United States does to other cultures. Jungle cultures go way back thousands of years. When jungles are demolished, all of that cultural beauty is lost,” says Davis. Over the past 25 years, Rothenberg, a poet and song writer, has been a leading force in the protection of Bay Area coastal lands and endangered species. Rothenberg’s literary activities moved into prominence in 1989 when he and Nancy Victoria Davis founded Big Bridge Press, a fine print literary press, which published the works of Philip Whalen, Joanne Kyger, Jim Harrison, Andrei Codrescu, Allen Ginsberg, Michael McClure and others.

Chapter 10. ‘I slept on your side of the bed because the pillow smells like you,’ contemplates love and loss in the age of the drone. Rickey Crowe.

Chapter 11. ‘If you were born without wings, do nothing to prevent them from growing,’ suggests consciousness as path to transformation and change. Filmed at the NODAPL 2016 Berkeley Indigenous Day. Military prints depicting the 300,000 Northern California Indian genocide lined the walls of the hotel where I stayed for the night.

Drone Drama: Music for the Dead Chapter 1 and 10, Cotuit Center for the Arts 2020 May 9 – June 21

Chapter 10 Drone Drama: Music for the Dead, Loophole Berlin, Germany 17/10

Chapter 10 Drone Drama: Music for the Dead, Primal Uproar III, MS Stubnitz, Hamburg, Germany 6/29

Chapter 9 Drone Drama: Music for the Dead, Interalia Magazine https://www.interaliamag.org/emerging…

Drone Drama: Music for the Dead, Magmart Video Festival 10 http://www.magmart.it/fullvideo.php?i…

Drone Drama 2016, Traumathek, Cologne, Germany

Chapter 8 Drone Drama: Music for the Dead http://www.unlikelystories.org/conten…

Chapter 1 Drone Drama: Music for the Dead https://www.redfez.net/video/drones-d…

Chapter 10 Drone Drama: Music for the Dead https://slowforward.me/2016/12/07/cec…

Chapter 3 Drone Drama: Music for the Dead https://dotswaves.wistia.com/medias/i…

Chapter 6 Drone Drama: Music for the Dead http://www.unlikelystories.org/conten…