The Subsection of the Eagle
The Subsection of the Eagle materializes the aesthetic language of intimidation utilized by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement into a publication and accompanying posters. The publication considers the comprehensive statement the United States makes through their approach towards Latin American immigration. Legislature, fences, vehicles, technology, materials, surveillance, weapons, and the border structures themselves all contribute to the broad vernacular of U.S. southern border affairs.
The publication contains two formats: 6 ¼’ x 8 ⅓’ glossy within 9’ x 12’ newsprint. The large format pages are digital infrared photographs captured on a Canon 6D, with a Lee 87 red camera filter. Each exposure is 30 seconds, with a high aperture and ISO. The images mimic the cutting edge, incredibly expensive, and military-grade cameras the U.S. Border Patrol utilizes to do their job. The type on the small format pages is put through a simple program to shuffle each sentence, using the complete Secure Fence Act of 2006 as input. While none of the sentences are coherent, the shuffling is meant to instill a sense of confusion, anger, and inaccessibility to the sharp, non-human language of legal prose. Finally, the three centeral spreads are visceral digital paintings, that express the grim, yet not completely devoid of hope, climate of border politics.
R&D: The Aesthetic Language of Intimidation
FLIR Systems Infrared technology. FLIR is the world’s largest commercial thermal imaging camera and sensor company.