Under the Shadow of the Drone by James Bridle, Brighton seafront. Photo: Roberta Mataityte
Under the Shadow of the Drone by James Bridle, Brighton seafront. Photo: Roberta Mataityte

Drone Shadows nominated for Designs of the Year


10 June 2015

James Bridle's Drone Shadows has been nominated for a prestigious Design Museum Designs of the Year Award 2014.

Installing Under the Shadow of the Drone by James Bridle. Photo by Roberta Mataityte.
Installing Under the Shadow of the Drone by James Bridle. Photo by Roberta Mataityte.

Lighthouse would like to congratulate James Bridle on his nomination for Design Museum’s Designs of the Year Awards for his haunting site-specific intervention, Drone Shadows. Nominated in the Graphics category, Drone Shadows joins a selection of prestigious nominees from across the design sector, including Hello Lamp Post, the ABC syringe and Fairphone.

In May 2013 Lighthouse commissioned one of James’ Drone Shadows, Under The Shadow of A Drone, for Brighton Festival as part of our further investigations into the invisible infrastructures that surround us. A one-to-one rendering of a military drone aircraft used by the US and UK militaries, Under The Shadow Of A Drone tells of the conflicts that happen miles away from where the installation is placed, in the declared war zones of Afghanistan and Iraq, and in the illegal wars of assassination taking place in Pakistan, Yemen and elsewhere.

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.


The Making of ‘Under The Shadow of a Drone’ by James Bridle, for Brighton Festival, 2013.


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