Artist Talk: James Bridle
Tuesday, April 15
This event is free for students with ID and Members of Aperture at the $50 level and above.
Featured in the Spring 2014 issue of Aperture magazine, artist James Bridle is the creator of the project Dronestagram. 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.
This program continues the Aperture Magazine Live series and is presented in partnership with the Department of Photography at Parsons The New School for Design.
James Bridle is an artist, writer, and publisher based in London. His writing on literature, culture, and networks has appeared in publications such as Wired, Domus, Cabinet, the Atlantic, the New Statesman, and the Observer, among others. His work has been exhibited internationally, including at Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.; The Photographers’ Gallery, London; IV Mostra de Arte Digital, Sao Paulo; and more. Bridle’s formation of the New Aesthetic research project has spurred debate and creative work across multiple disciplines. In 2012, he was an adjunct professor in the Interactive Telecommunications Program at New York University. Dronestagram received an honorary mention from the Prix Ars Electronica 2013.
Image: James Bridle, Dronestagram, 2012-ongoing
This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, and the board and members of Aperture Foundation.