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Whisler’s drone art “finds a way to speak about the surveillance state that seems to be creeping upon us.” Much like watchtowers, drones are “oddly sinister … with darkened windows, you cannot see who is piloting them.Earlier this year, Whisler made noise after affixing his own roadside signs on California’s highways that read “SPEED ENFORCED BY DRONES.” Bridle says his art is similarly interested in exposing the connection between secret surveillance,buy SRRL50D Main Specification from China power projection and new technology through installations.

“It’s very strange that these days we have no idea of the battlefields on which war is being fought,” he said in an interview with the BBC. “But at the same time we’ve built technology that allows us to see the whole world on your phone. I wanted to use these technologies to make visible the contemporary battlefields, these drone strikes.”Started in late 2012, Bridle’s project known as Dronestagram takes Google Earth images of the landscape that the high-tech killing machines see just before an attack and posts them, along with captions describing the location’s specific attack,buy SRRL50F Main Specification from China across Tumblr, Twitter and Instagram.Dronestagram is just one drone-related project Bridle has developed.

Since February 2012, Bridle and Einar Sneve Martinussen, a Norwegian visual artist, have replicated drone’s shadows on the sidewalks of major cities around the world.For Bridle, both Dronestagram and the drone shadows are meant to push the debate on drones and reveal the connections between technology and warfare. “We use military technologies like GPS and Kinect for work and play; they continue to be used militarily to maim and kill, ever further away and ever less visible,” Bridle said in an interview with GlobalPost.

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