Relaying its position of "panopticonscientious objection," a radicalized satellite responds to its role in the demanding drone war below. The orbital agitator in this para-fiction advocates a tactic of non-cooperation amongst spacecraft of its ilk. Associated forces, from gravity to a distributed cohort of network enablers and space junk, are allied in this undertaking.
I was interested in engaging the concept of the drone infrastructurally, focusing on satellites, and emphasizing the “above-the-scenes” aspects of unmanned systems. Invisible accomplice to the communications needs of drone operators, and the digitally equipped populace at large, satellites are also increasingly imperiled by, or, as orbital debris. News reports of de-orbited “zombie sats” were fodder for developing a fictional monologue that was then embellished with a visual payload of archival newsreels, civil defense films, Google yields and pop-science artifacts. Imagining an alternative explanation for the dereliction of this craft, the satellite serves as a means of reflecting on the broadening exasperation towards the US drone program and policies.