AQD Remembrancer

James Bridle 2014

Named after the the US Department of Defence ‘Disposition Matrix’, an advanced but opaque database developed as a ‘next-generation capture / kill list’, AQD (A Quiet Disposition) is an open-source intelligence-gathering tool using contextual analysis, machine learning, and publicly-available information to build up a detailed database of people, companies and places connected with the development and use of military drones, matching them against data from London financial sector and stock exchange and exposing hidden connections. Referring to the intent encoded into technology and its disposition to reproduce the political aims of its creators, AQD both mirrors and interrogates the politics of systems. An ODI Commission


Limited edition newspaper (500)


Data as Culture 2014
March 2014 – February 2015 at the Open Data Institute

Data Types

Commercial, Identifiable, Metadata, Open, Retrieved, State, Static

About the Artist

James Bridle is an artist, writer, and publisher based in London, UK. His writing on literature, culture and networks has appeared in magazines and newspapers including Wired, Domus, Cabinet, the Atlantic, the New Statesman, the Observer…
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AQD Remembrancer, James Bridle, 2014. Limited edition newspaper (500)