Range 220 is a place where one can lose oneself in a practice of combat. A place that resembles nothing completely real nor fictional.
A stage manufactured by the US Government to help train our military. Composed with more than 1500 buildings, a mosque, cemeteries with no context, burned down cars, middle eastern posters and banners on sides of buildings and market stalls with plastic fruits. All of these props and decorations, attempts to illustrate a broken down middle eastern narritive and really only leaving a complete impression of falsehood. But this place is far more than bad visual fundamentals. This place is not a real place with any true consequences for your actions. This is merely a massive playground for our military. An ongoing opera with small plays sprinkled over this sand dune playing field. Observed from cameras placed all across this stage so the rehearsal is shaped and rehearsed over and over again for that next insurgent in the middle east. The US was one of the first to create urban warfare facilities to train the military for effective combat and now many countries have fallen suit with the help of the United States for their own specific military efforts and future concerns.
Because Range 220 crosses a line of deception. I’m focused on exploring those complexities on what is real and what seems like science fiction.
*images copyright - Noel Spirandelli