Contemporary art

The FBI always gets its artist


Omer Fast, 5000 Feet is the Best, 2011, digital film, 30 minute loop. Still by Yonn Thomas, © Omer Fast, courtesy of the artist, Arratia Beer, Berlin and gb agency, Paris

The FBI is watching: when an eagle-eyed agent spotted the Israeli-born artist Omer Fast and his production team were rather too interested in speaking to someone operating military drones, the FBI tracked down the artist's producer at home in Los Angeles. "We were told to stop what we were doing and threatened in suggestive, spy-movie language," Fast tells Photoworks magazine in an interview with Eyal Weizman, the director of Goldsmiths College's Centre for Research Architecture in London. The desist-and-back-off call came as a result of the artist's anonymous ad on craigslist, Fast believes. "After the call, our contacts went dead" with the exception of one very spooked "bona-fide sensor operator". An in-depth interview with the deep-throat source provided the background information for Fast's cinematic 2011 digital-film work 5000 Feet is the Best.

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