Nearly ten years ago, the US military went public with its efforts to hack into the bodies of insects. The goal was to take control of their movements from a remote source; to fly anthropodan bodies as chemical sensors and concealed cameras; to literally weaponize the fly on the wall. News reports that followed confirmed private fears such surveillance technologies were getting dangerously close to unbearable occult practices. Sophisticated and often cruel, possession is the cutting-edge of military research.

Of course, REMOTE CONTROL has long concerned witches and bitches – those women who see, take, and sell things they cannot grasp. Whether they wield it, or are used by it, such technology is deployed without regard for reciprocity or consent. Shrouded in secrecy and activated by sympathetic thinking and emotional manipulation, REMOTE CONTROL promises the loss of individual agency, as well as the thrilling ability to inhabit another’s body. From the excitement surrounding the technical apparatus to the far more sinister compulsion to repurpose the humanoid, we invite you to contemplate “the human of use of human beings” this month as The Future Weird presents REMOTE CONTROL.

REMOTE CONTROL features the work of
Shola Amoo
Fyzal Boulifa
Elaine Castillo
Zina Saro Wiwa
and Lab Rats
1. a system for controlling something, such as a machine, from a distance, by using electrical or radio signals.
2. the movement of a body caused by thought or willpower without the application of a physical force.

see also: POSSESSION
1. to have or own (something).
2. to have or show (a particular quality, ability, skill) of spirits.
3. to enter into and control (someone).
a: a will-less and speechless human in the West Indies capable only of automatic movement. She has died and been supernaturally reanimated to serve.
b: a person held to resemble the so-called walking dead; especially; automation.

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