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Disrupting the Asymmetry of Drone Vision – paper presented at The Left Conference – Photography and Film Criticism, Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities, NOVA, University of Lisbon, Portugal, Nov 16-18, 2017

Conference contribution
Authors Sarah Tuck
Published in see:
Publication year 2017
Published at Valand Academy
Language en
Links https://photographyandtheleft.wordp...
Keywords drone, photography, indigeneity, protest, counter-colonial
Subject categories Media and Communications, Other Engineering and Technologies, Arts, Sociology, Social and Economic Geography, Political Science


The paper considers how the motility and vertical spatiality of drone technologies offer an alternative infrastructure for protest providing distributed modes of seeing in real time across devices and platforms. In considering how the use of social media platforms can effectively repurpose drone technology away from militarised use, the paper explores the potential of drone vision to produce new forms of relational experience as part of a networked citizen activism that challenges the militarisation of civil society. Drawing on examples from the NoDAPL protest in North Dakota led by the Native American Sioux tribe the paper argues that drone technologies in braiding the politics of verticality with the politics of visibility initiates a radical rethinking of the spatial politics of protest and counter protest and seeing in real time.

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