Responding to critical questions raised by the politics and aesthetics of drone technologies, through creative practice.


Due to the accessibility of drone technologies the aerial view of the environment is more pervasive in today’s cultural consciousness (McCosker 2015, Munster 2014). While these new images have the potential to reveal more knowledge about the landscape, the aerial image is not considered to give the view of lived experience. With vertical emphasis on space and form, the aerial image reveals a landscape dismembered from the horizontal conditions of lived space, abstract and devoid of human sensibilities (Dunn et al 2014).

This project will bring new discourses to the interpretation of the drone image by inviting artists and practitioners to respond through their literary practice to photographs captured by drones. Constructing new narratives inspired by these views the project will intervene in the current discourse of the drone image, using an anthropological approach to connect conditions of lived space to the drone image and use of drone technologies.

The project is being supported with a grant from the British Academy.


For any further information, please contact the project’s author, Dr Helen Jackson ( or use the form below). Dr Helen Jackson is a Senior Lecturer in Interactive Media at the School of Media, Film and Journalism, and researcher at the Centre for Media Research, at Ulster University, Northern Ireland. Her research, for which she has received international awards, involves practice-led enquiry into the cultural, economic and social impact of emerging media technologies in contemporary visual cultures.