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James Bridle (London, 1980), Dronestagram (2012).
Dronestagram uses the popular social photo network Instagram to share images of drone attacks that have been carried out by the United States and the United Kingdom in Pakistan, Yemen and Somalia. Bridle collects information on these attacks through journalistic sources, primarily through the London based Bureau of Investigative Journalism. Furthermore he studies and searches for satellite images of certain locations, manipulates these with an Instagram filter and adds these to his profile. By visualising these controversial areas in the everyday surroundings of an online social network such as Instagram – which made a name for itself with run-of-the-mill snapshots of friends and families – Bridle confronts us with the harsh reality of these attacks. He puts our complicity and that of the network technologies, which make it possible to share this information on an ever-larger scale, up for discussion.
James Bridle (London, 1980) is a political artist and activist who in images, words and deeds critically exposes the consequences of new technologies. Science-fiction author Bruce Sterling calls Bridle “a Walter Benjamin critic in an ‘age of digital accumulation’.” For Bridle drones are a symbol for the complexity of modern networking are a symbol for the complexity of modern networking technologies, which offer ever more possibilities, while at the same time becoming more incomprehensible and even threatening.
Code Pink Obama heckler makes CNN reporter look ignorant on drone strikes & Guantanamo.
“A quad-rotor RC drone of the type available all over the internet was recently shot down by police in Istanbul during one of the city’s many recent protests.”
A Google satellite image of a drone taking off at Creech air force base.
Medea Benjamin, Drone Warfare, page 155
Medea Benjamin, Drone Warfare, page 86
Drone Warfare, page 21
China Miéville on drones in the forthcoming Dread book. (via thedreadexhibition)