“A state of the nation address from a frayed electronic mind flying high above that nation and looking for a place to hit.”
Drone is a live jam of sound, visuals and poetic storytelling. Telling the fragmented story of a military drone’s lives and fears, Drone imagines her as part weapons system, part office worker, part tense background hum. Live sound and spoken word entangle like human and machine, environment and technology, noise and sense. The bleak humour and tender fury of Drone sees the unmanned aerial vehicle as the technology of a neurotic century, surveilled and surveilling, asking how anxious bodies can live as part of systems of astonishing destruction.
Originally conceived by the Forward-shortlisted poet Harry Josephine Giles, Drone is a multimedia collaboration with international sound artist Neil Simpson (Buffalo buffalo buffalo Buffalo buffalo) and digital artist Jamie Wardrop (Beats, The Dwelling Place). The performance is mixed new every night, a live cabaret band of three artists in three different media. Drone was first performed at Summerhall in the 2015 Edinburgh Fringe, was supported for further development by Creative Scotland in winter 2017, and is touring Scotland in spring-summer 2019 as the culmination of the creative work.
A full performance video is available on request.
The book of Drone was published by Vagabond Voices.
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