Drone shadow outside Corcoran
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Drone art: James Bridle poses questions in White House's shadow

James Bridle doesn't shy away from what he cannot see - he seeks it out and attempts to make it visible.

In fact, in the British artist's new show at the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington DC, Bridle puts the attention on a new technology that is meant to be heard and not seen: the drone.

His efforts to strip the veil of secrecy from drones and to encourage his audience to ask questions about the weapon take many forms.

He has created a drone identification kit so that people have the opportunity to see what these unmanned devices look like.

There is an installation of his project Dronestegram, a social media tool that identifies recent areas of drone strikes, and Drone Shadow - a full-scale outline of a drone painted on the sidewalk outside of the Corcoran, across the street from the White House.

Using all the tools available to him, from Google Maps to social media platforms, Bridle explores technology's effect on its users and urges his audience to have an effect on technology.

Bridle says he is both an artist and an activist, and he hopes his work calls into question our sometimes blind reliance on technological systems with which we come into contact every day.

You can hear more of the BBC interview here, including explanations about other installations such as Watching the Watchers.

Produced by the BBC's Bill McKenna. Extra production by Felicia Barr.

Video Credit: Footage of Drone Shadow 004 Installation by Tracy Eustaquio

  • 25 Jun 2013
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