Trackpad, US drone strikes

Jean-Benoit Lallemant


Trackpad is made of raw linen stretched on a frame. Behind the canvas a mechanism marks the impact points of a remote war : the distortion of the canvas shows U.S. drone strikes in Wasiristan and Yemen.

At times of surgical war, history painting reviews its technique and mode of appearance: no more brush, no image remains on the surface, while behind an event happens fleeting and monstrous – which distorts the two-dimensionality of the picture – and leaves no trace. (Julie Portier).

Trackpad, Us drone strikes, Jean-Benoit Lallemant, Biennale of Digital Imagination 2018 © Pierre Gondard

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Jean-Benoit Lallemant (FRA)

Born in Melun in 1981, Jean-Benoît Lallemant now lives and works in Paris, after a childhood spent in the Amazonian rainforest in Brazil. By applying cartographic technology and military imaging devices in a critical way, and by striving to rework symbols of power, Jean-Benoît Lallemant’s works put governance strategies under the microscope.

Credits & mentions

Trackpad, US drone strikes, raw canvas, electronic device.
With David Vandenberghe – DnR’Sys, mechatronics engineer
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