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Range 220 is a place where one loses oneself in the practice of combat. A place that lacks any semblance of reality or fiction. A stage manufactured by the US government to help train our military, it is composed of more than 1500 buildings, a mosque, cemeteries with no context, burned cars, middle eastern posters and banners, and market stalls endowed with plastic fruits. Props and decorations set up to illustrate a rundown middle eastern narrative leaves an impression of falsehood. Viewed as an ongoing opera with duets and arias sprinkled over a sand dune playing field, cameras are placed strategically across the stage in order to observe, shape the rehearsal, inform the practice through repetition, in preparation for the next insurgency. The US was one of the first to create urban warfare facilities to train the military for effective combat. Today, a number of countries have fallen in line, and with the help of the United States, military efforts prepare for urban warfare campaigns in similarly built locales around the world.
Because Range 220 crosses a line of deception, I focus on exploring the complexities of what is real and what appears as science fiction.
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