Watching the Watchers

James Bridle 2013

Watching the Watchers is an ongoing series of images taken from publicly-available digital satellite maps, of unmanned aircraft around the world, at training bases in the US desert and secret installations in Afghanistan, Pakistan, and elsewhere. These military technologies, designed to operate without being seen – visually, politically, or morally – are nevertheless accessible to the gaze of contemporary, civilian networks. By rendering them visible, we render their operation and politics legible, and thus open to intervention.


Multiple mounted colour prints


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

Data Types

Geospatial, Identifiable, Object, Retrieved, Shared, 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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