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"It’s No ******* Computer Game!!", by Thalia and Ian Campbell. (Photo: Lydia Cole)


Title of Textile:It’s No ******* Computer Game!!
Maker: Thalia and Ian Campbell
Country of Origin: Wales
Year Produced: 2012
Size (cm): 140cm x 120cm (including loops and bordure)
Materials: A mixture of man-made fabrics
Type of Textile: Banner

It’s No ******* Computer Game, exhibited for the first time in “Stitched Voices of Resistance” confronts and invites reflection on the impact of drone warfare. It is the latest of several hundred banners arising out of Thalia and Ian Campbell’s life-long work for peace.

In the 1980s, Thalia and Ian were very involved in the Greenham protests against nuclear weapons in the UK, and were closely connected to the worldwide peace movement. “[Our] post cards of banners inspired by Greenham were sold internationally”, Thalia remembers. “There was interest in sharing the banners so they were … parcelled up to send [from our home in Borth] around the world. […]” Often the establishment, fearing their power to incite protest, banned them from public display.

“It’s No ******* Computer Game is our ‘drone for peace”, Ian and Thalia say. Made of light, man-made materials, it can be sent off and used worldwide. Drones, and their predecessors, V1s, V2s (long range artillery weapons used in WWII), land-to-air missiles and cruise missiles all have a strong connection to Wales, with military testing ongoing since the 1970s. Today, full-scale drones are flown over the military range in Cardigan Bay, controlled both by Aberporth and from a remote location.

In this banner, the seven stars under the black drone symbolise the bombs that can be launched by drones, but are also placeholders for “any swearword that crosses your mind” when thinking about the inhumanity of drone warfare, as Thalia explains with a twinkle in her eye.

http://www.birdchildsandgoldsmith.com/acatalog/Thalia_Campbell_Banners.htm https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2rZOIPTIUMU

Owner: Thalia and Ian Campbell collection
Location: c/o Dr Berit Bliesemann de Guevara, Aberystwyth University, Wales, until March 2018
Original / Replica: Original
Photographer: Lydia Cole

Textile exhibited at: Stitched Voices / Lleisiau wedi eu Pwytho, 25/03/2017 - 13/05/2017
Crafting War and Conflict, 3/04/2019 - 29/04/2019

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