April 25th, 2014
Artist Talk: James Bridle (Video)
On Tuesday, April 15, 2014, artist James Bridle joined us at Aperture Gallery to discuss his latest project, Dronestagram, featured in the Spring 2014 issue of Aperture magazine. Sourcing cartographic images and metadata from the Bureau of Investigative Journalism, an independent news organization in the UK, Bridle posts on Instagram aerial views of the approximate locations of airstrikes carried out by the United States government in countries such as Pakistan, Yemen, and Somalia.
Embracing the accessibility of social media, Bridle creates a visual record of the invisible war being waged overseas. Each caption details the casualties and location of the attack. This clever and chilling project has garnered a lot of attention; the Dronestagram account now has over 10,000 followers and has sparked debate over the moral and political implications of anonymous warfare.