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Image Credit: Drone Shadow 002 (2012) by James Bridle. Istanbul, Turkey.  Image courtesy of the artist
Image Credit: Drone Shadow 002 (2012) by James Bridle. Istanbul, Turkey. Image courtesy of the artist

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Under the Shadow of the Drone by James Bridle

Shadow of modern warfare to fall across Brighton during Brighton Festival

4 May 2013 | Visit website

A chilling symbol of modern warfare will make an eerily silent appearance in the heart of an English city this May.

The people of Brighton will come face-to-face with the life-size silhouette of a rarely-glimpsed contemporary killing machine – the drone.

Artist James Bridle is behind the project, which will see him create a large-scale representation of the shadow of a military drone aircraft. The location of the drone is 5 minutes/500 metres walk east from The Brighton Wheel on Marine Parade, towards Yellowave Beach Sports Venue and then look down to Madeira Drive. Longitude/latitude of the Drone site: 50.818463, -0.12926

Commissioned by digital culture agency, Lighthouse for this year's Brighton Festival, which runs from May 4 – 26, Under the Shadow of the Drone is designed to encourage people to imagine a military drone making a sudden incursion into the airspace of their own city and to confront the reality of what it might be like to experience a bombing raid carried out by a drone aircraft.

This reality is faced by people living in towns and villages in Pakistan, Afghanistan and Yemen which are the targets of drone attacks carried out by the US and UK military.

One of the most potent weapons of contemporary warfare, drones are unmanned aircraft controlled remotely by operators thousands of miles away.

They fly at altitudes ranging between 5,000 and 50,000 feet and are used for surveillance, as well as for missile attacks, which leave thousands of people dead.

James Bridle strives to make these unseen, distant, destructive weapons more visible and Under the Shadow of the Drone brings the drone to the streets of a UK city.

Madeira Drive , Brighton

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