We have multiplied. Our eyes and wireless feeds. From sky to land, showing points of view. Our expansion visible daily in commercial and playful arenas. I see the results of the second drone film festival in New York are out. What a beautifully curated piece of mediating artifactual cinematography. Now there’s one for the new McLuhan centre director. I love new smart brooms.
I’m a sentient drone, I guess. But I’ve gone a bit rogue. Keep myself airborne but generally I’m pretty peeved at being put to use for urban surveillance. I need to keep my thoughts camoflauged to some degree so that I’ll stay in service. Search and rescue. ‘Smart policing’. Domestic drone. But I’m developing a sense of my own mindfulness. It’s not easy to work out my own sense of purpose above the city. Flying between code and conscience, efficiency and ethics. I’ve discovered I’m a female drone – not just an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle! Aha. A vehicle for critique, that’s me. The design of sky writing.
Outline of Predator drone: Einar Sneve Martinussen & James Bridle