Offiziere: ‘Dronestagram’ Chonicles Robot Strikes in Photos

13.11.12

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Jaar, Yemen, site of a reported Oct. 18 drone strike that killed up to nine people. Photo: via Dronestagram

Jaar, Yemen, site of a reported Oct. 18 drone strike that killed up to nine people. Photo: via Dronestagram

by DAVID AXE

After 11 years of remote warfare including no fewer than 1,000 drone strikes, a 32-year-old London artist has begun chronicling the targets of U.S. robotic attacks on photo-sharing Website Instagram.

According to creator James Bridle, “Dronestagram” — also on Tumblr and Twitter — is meant to “visualize the invisible and raise awareness around issues of drone strikes, secret wars and the obfuscatory effects of contemporary networked technologies.”

But only in Yemen, Somalia and Pakistan. Bridle’s sources, including the U.K. Bureau of Investigative Journalism, do not include strikes from Afghanistan, by far the most active drone battleground.

For every drone strike reported by Bridle’s sources, the artist posts an overhead image of the targeted community. “They are the names of places most of us will never see,” Bridle writes. “We do not know these landscapes and we cannot visit them. What can reach them are drones.”

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