When I see the future

The General’s Stork

In 2013, Egyptian authorities detained a migratory stork, accusing it of espionage. This incident, that seems initially amusing, became the impetus for Heba Y. Amin’s The General’s Stork (2016-ongoing), an ongoing project that investigates the all-too-deadly politics of aerial surveillance in the Middle East. 

Heba Y Amin: The General’s Stork

Edited by Anthony Downey, Sternberg Press 2020

In 2013, Egyptian authorities detained a migratory stork for espionage. This incident is the focus of Heba Y. Amin’s The General’s Stork, an ongoing project that investigates the politics of aerial surveillance—against the backdrop of biblical prophecies, drone warfare, and colonial narratives—from a bird’s-eye view. The research that informs The General’s Stork looks at how conquest from the sky—through land surveying, mapping, bombing, and drone technologies—has effectively transformed Western power into a spectacle of high-tech weaponry. Through the lens of paranoia that can lead to a bird being accused of spying, this volume reveals, with the indispensable work of contributors Adam Harvey, Adel Iskandar, Haitham Mossad, and Laura Poitras, the extent to which military techniques of visualization define and ultimately delimit the topography of the Middle East.

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Authored Texts

The General's Stork book cover

Heba Y. Amin: The General’s Stork

Edited by Anthony Downey
Sternberg Press
2020

Contesting post-digital futures: drone warfare and the geo-politics of aerial surveillance in the Middle East

Heba Y. Amin & Anthony Downey
Journal of Digital War
13 Oct, 2020

A Brief History of Drone Warfare

Heba Y. Amin & Anthony Downey
Frieze
30 Oct, 2020

Drone Technologies and the Future of Surveillance in the Middle East

Heba Y. Amin & Anthony Downey
MIT Press Reader
06 Jan, 2021

Warchives Book Cover

Avian Prophecies and the Techno-Aesthetics of Drone Warfare

Heba Y. Amin & Anthony Downey

(W)archives: Archival Imaginaries, War and Contemporary Art, edited by Daniela Agostinho, Solveig Gade, Nanna Thylstrup and Kristin Veel
Sternberg Press, 2020

As Birds Flying © 2016 Heba Y. Amin

Between the Eye of the Stork and the Eye of the Drone

Nat Muller
A Wildness Distant, Columbia GSAPP
Dec 2020

The General's Stork © 2020. Heba Y. Amin

The General’s Stork

Heba Y. Amin
Di’van
April 2021

“Heba Y. Amin: The General’s Stork”
An Interview with Anthony Downey

Pierre d’Alancaisez
New Books Network
25 May, 2021