James Bridle on code/space and more

Another fascinating keynote by James Bridle, this time at Media Evolution 2013 in Malmo. He discusses amongst other things Kitchin and Dodge’s code/space concept, automated warehouses and as ever, contemporary warfare.

Although by far the best section sees Bridle talk about cricket and the array of technological systems currently being used. Interestingly it seems, cricket commentators are having a debate about technological agency that rarely jumps into such a public field. Hawkeye, Hot Spot and the good old Snickometer all get a mention as components of the much-debated Decision Review System (DRS). Bridle sees the cricket pitch as an intensely surveilled and sensored space – somewhat the antithesis of such a antiquated game.

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geographical imaginations

brighton-festival-2013Two art projects from Lighthouseat the Brighton Festival in the UK this month (4-26 May); thanks to Sam Hind for the information.

 James Bridles work will be familiar to most readers, and in Brighton he’s reprising his Under the shadow of the drone, which is a true-to-scale rendering of a Reaper, this time on the seafront:

The stark marking out in an unexpected public space of a Reaper drone’s silhouette brings the reality of these technologies into our daily lives. The work critiques the way that contemporary networked technologies, while enabling the digitally saturated culture of the 21st century, can also obscure and distance us from political and moral responsibility.

Bridle explains:

“Drones are just the latest in a long line of military technologies augmenting the process of death-dealing, but they are among the most efficient, the most distancing, the most invisible. These qualities allow…

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