Patenting Distraction
Patenting Distraction

MATERIALS: Hand-cut vinyl on acrylic panel

DETAILS: Drawings based on Directed-Energy Weapons— weapons that use beams of highly focused energy waves (such as sound or light) to incapacitate a target— used by US military and police.

Incapacitation through visual and sonic overload is allegorical for both current political discourse and rampant consumerism. The ‘Figure’ of each diagram corresponds to mainstream American ideology while the labeling of the diagrams’ components corresponds to the historical contexts of power and exploitation.

High Intensity Directed Light and Sound Crowd Dispersion Device [US Patent No. 09813770]
High Intensity Directed Light and Sound Crowd Dispersion Device [US Patent No. 09813770]

FIG 4: “Attorney General Gets Tough on Illegal Immigration”

Diagram Labels: “U.S. Government Intentionally Separated Families to Deter Asylum Seekers”

Incapacitating High Intensity Incoherent Light Beam [US Patent No. 7497586B2]
Incapacitating High Intensity Incoherent Light Beam [US Patent No. 7497586B2]

Figure A-B: “Election of President Obama Ushers in Era of Post-Racial America”

Diagram Labels: “Sitting U.S. President Refuses to Condemn White Supremacists”

Acoustic Cannon [US Patent No. 5973999]
Acoustic Cannon [US Patent No. 5973999]

Figure 2A / 2B: “Blue Lives Matter”

Diagram Labels: “Civilian Gun Deaths by Police Are Not Required to be Recorded in a National Database” and “We Put Police Above the Law When we Refuse to Question Their Authority”

Laser Dazzler Matrix [US Patent No. 7040780B2]
Laser Dazzler Matrix [US Patent No. 7040780B2]

Figure 6: “The Dakota Access Pipeline Celebrated its First Anniversary of Service”

Diagram Labels: “The US has a Long History of Breaking its Own Treaties to Abuse Native Americans”

Patenting Distraction
Patenting Distraction

(Installation View) at Elijah Wheat Showroom

Patenting Distraction
Patenting Distraction

(Installation View) at Elijah Wheat Showroom

Patenting Distraction
Patenting Distraction

(Installation View) at Elijah Wheat Showroom

Patenting Distraction
Patenting Distraction

(Installation View) at Elijah Wheat Showroom

Patenting Distraction
High Intensity Directed Light and Sound Crowd Dispersion Device [US Patent No. 09813770]
Incapacitating High Intensity Incoherent Light Beam [US Patent No. 7497586B2]
Acoustic Cannon [US Patent No. 5973999]
Laser Dazzler Matrix [US Patent No. 7040780B2]
Patenting Distraction
Patenting Distraction
Patenting Distraction
Patenting Distraction
Patenting Distraction

MATERIALS: Hand-cut vinyl on acrylic panel

DETAILS: Drawings based on Directed-Energy Weapons— weapons that use beams of highly focused energy waves (such as sound or light) to incapacitate a target— used by US military and police.

Incapacitation through visual and sonic overload is allegorical for both current political discourse and rampant consumerism. The ‘Figure’ of each diagram corresponds to mainstream American ideology while the labeling of the diagrams’ components corresponds to the historical contexts of power and exploitation.

High Intensity Directed Light and Sound Crowd Dispersion Device [US Patent No. 09813770]

FIG 4: “Attorney General Gets Tough on Illegal Immigration”

Diagram Labels: “U.S. Government Intentionally Separated Families to Deter Asylum Seekers”

Incapacitating High Intensity Incoherent Light Beam [US Patent No. 7497586B2]

Figure A-B: “Election of President Obama Ushers in Era of Post-Racial America”

Diagram Labels: “Sitting U.S. President Refuses to Condemn White Supremacists”

Acoustic Cannon [US Patent No. 5973999]

Figure 2A / 2B: “Blue Lives Matter”

Diagram Labels: “Civilian Gun Deaths by Police Are Not Required to be Recorded in a National Database” and “We Put Police Above the Law When we Refuse to Question Their Authority”

Laser Dazzler Matrix [US Patent No. 7040780B2]

Figure 6: “The Dakota Access Pipeline Celebrated its First Anniversary of Service”

Diagram Labels: “The US has a Long History of Breaking its Own Treaties to Abuse Native Americans”

Patenting Distraction

(Installation View) at Elijah Wheat Showroom

Patenting Distraction

(Installation View) at Elijah Wheat Showroom

Patenting Distraction

(Installation View) at Elijah Wheat Showroom

Patenting Distraction

(Installation View) at Elijah Wheat Showroom

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