Adam Rothstein’s Drone Ethnography
Okay. I thought it was clear, but if you want me to spell it out for you, I will. You are obsessed with drones. We all are. We live in a drone culture, just as we once lived in a car culture. The Northrop-Grumman RQ-4 Global Hawk is your ’55 Chevorlet. You just might not know it yet.
I have thirty-five browser tabs open, and each contains a fragment of the drone-mythos. Each is a glimpse at a situation, a bird’s eye view of the terrain. So many channels, showing me the same thing: near-infinite data collection. With the help of Google, I’m drone-spotting—I’m turning a new critical perspective that I’m calling Drone Ethnography, back on itself.
July 20th, 2011
Adam Rothstein, who tweets as @interdome, describes himself as an insurgent archivist, interested in the canons of history and prediction, and the unstable ramifications of today’s cultural technology. He has been working on drones for some time now, on themes including ethnography; fiction (I recommend reading The Cascadian Drone Ballads) and art.
Image: via Motherboard original article by Ana Tiwathia
The first large-scale purpose built drone was made by Reginald Denny, who served with the British Royal Flying Corps (the pre-RAF) during WW1. He emigrated to Hollywood, where he became a successful actor and in the 1930s pursued his interest in radio-controlled model aircraft. He established ‘Reginald Denny Industries’ (later ‘Radioplane’) and sold thousands of models to the US army, built at a factory at Van Nuys Airport in LA. Guess who worked on the production line?