We Will Show You Fear in a Handful of Dust is a participatory sculpture that employed the fabrication of a full size replica of a MQ-1B Predator drone aircraft. Over two hundred people assisted Finishing School and collaborators to hand-finish the drone with an age-old application method applying architectural-grade mud to the surface of the cnc'd substrate.
With this project, Finishing School continues to explore its ability to make unwieldy political issues tangibly personal. For over ten years the collective has employed various strategies to create environments in which a viewer/participant voluntarily enters into a relationship (usually an uncomfortable one) with an idea that has previously been ungainly to the point of being difficult to navigate. At first glance the projects can appear to be light, as the collective generally uses an element of humor to disarm its audiences. Topics spotlighted by their work have ranged from corporate and government impacts on individual freedoms, to interpersonal hierarchies, and now to our relationship with the fastest growing new technology being exercised for civilian and military use.