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Drones Caught in the Net

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<mark>Journal publication date</mark>13/09/2017
<mark>Journal</mark> Imaginations: Journal of Cross-Cultural Images Studies
Volume8
Publication statusPublished
Original languageEnglish

Abstract

This short experimental essay reflects upon our video Points of Presence. In producing the video we used unmanned aerial drones to visually and vertically examine undersea fibre-optic cables of the North Atlantic. We reflect upon how the drone’s flying technologies allow pilots to creatively engage with the atmospheric element. We argue that the drone’s optical and object-avoidance technologies share similarities with the mammalian senses. In concluding, we examine how drones and information infrastructures reflect each other as complex and imperfect systems designed to extend the human body and senses across geographies.