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Roger Hiorns: Untitled

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Untitled (2010) consists of two decommissioned Boeing EC-135c aircraft engines, which were once part of a US military surveillance plane used in Operation Looking Glass.

This programme ran from 1961 to 1998, with planes permanently in the air gathering intelligence and ready to take command of nuclear weapons should ground control be destroyed.

Concealed and inaccessible within the engines are crushed tablets commonly used to treat depression and the symptoms of trauma. By subtly altering and combining these existing objects and materials, Hiorns makes reference to the creation and alleviation of anxiety on both national and personal levels, making connections between global security and individual wellbeing. Pharmaceuticals, military aeronautical engineering, and covert surveillance are all powerful symbols of our modern era and can also be seen as methods and modes of control.
Untitled is on loan from the Arts Council Collection, the UK’s most widely seen collection of modern and contemporary art. It holds more than 8,000 works of British art from 1946 to the present day and is available for loan to public spaces across the UK. With more than 1,000 loans made to over 100 venues a year, it is seen by millions of people annually in public spaces.

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