SATURDAY 11 MAY 2013, 2-5PM


Furtherfield Gallery & Social Space
McKenzie Pavilion, Finsbury Park
London N4 2NQ

Exhibition & Events

Opening Event
Saturday 11 May 2013, 2-5pm
with glitch performance by Antonio Roberts at 3pm

Exhibition Opening times
Sunday 12 – Sunday 26 May 2013
Open Friday to Sunday 11-5pm

Free Workshop Saturday 18 May 2013, 1-5pm
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About Movable Borders: Here Come the Drones!

Featuring: Bureau of Inverse Technology, Lawrence Byrd, Patrick Lichty, Dave Miller & Gavin Stewart, The Force of Freedom and Dave Young

The devices that once populated the creepy dystopian futures of science fiction have broken through into our daily reality. 

Drones of dozens of different types are becoming a part of everyday life. They scout our public (and private) spaces, carrying out surveillance or reconnaissance in the service of nation states and as unmanned robotic tools, armed with missiles and bombs, acting in defence of “national security”.

According to a European commission document drones will be commonplace in the skies within a decade. There are already many companies building these airborne, robotic spies for military and police use and this has “prompted concerns from civil liberties groups, who fear that the unmanned aircraft will result in more forms of surveillance.” [1]

During the two weeks of Movable Borders: Here Come the Drones! people are invited to visit the gallery, view artworks and join a workshop by artists who are contemplating how drones are changing the way we see and relate to each other and the world around us.

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Tube: Manor House, Finsbury Park
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Train: Finsbury Park, Harringay, Harringay Green Lanes stations

About Furtherfield

Furtherfield provides platforms for art, technology and social change. Funded from Arts Council England since 2005, Furtherfield is now one of Arts Council England’s National Portfolio Organisations. Furtherfield Gallery has established an international reputation as London’s first dedicated gallery for networked and media art, hosting regular exhibitions and public events since 2004. With the support of Haringey Council the gallery is now based at McKenzie Pavilion in the heart of Finsbury Park.

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Furtherfield is supported by Haringey Council and Arts Council England through the National Portfolio funding programme.





Bit Plane by Bureau of Inverse Technology, Natalie Jeremijenko (US) and Kate Rich (AU), is an early artistic manifestation of reflection on the relation between technology and surveillance, as such it can seen as a precursor to the emerging DIY surveillance video enabled by the new availability of drones. The bit plane is a radio-controlled model airplane, designed by the Bureau and equipped with a micro-video camera and transmitter. In 1997 it was launched on a series of sorties over the Silicon Valley to capture an aerial rendering. Guided by the live control-view video feed from the plane, the pilot on the ground was able to to steer the unit deep into the glittering heartlands of the Information Age.


Parallel by Lawrence Bird uses a virtual drone to review the parallel political and imaging technology worlds with a digital projection that uses Google Earth to track the 49th parallel (in western Canada, the US/Canada border).

The Private Life of a Drone by Patrick Lichty is a video travelogue of the area surrounding Virginia Center for the Creative Arts.


TELEWAR is a book and video collaboration between Dave Young and The Force Of Freedom collective. The project is a combination of developments through the analysis of news reports, military drone culture, dronespeak and network theory.


MOVABLE BORDERS: THE REPOSITION MATRIX by Dave Young provides the central installation and information resource of the exhibition. The Saturday workshop will take place in this space.


Workshop Saturday 18 May 2013, 1-5pm


David Young will be holding a workshop on the subject of drones on Saturday 18 May, 1-5 pm. In a post-national age, where “territorial and political boundaries are increasingly permeable”[2], what has become of the borderline? How is it defined, and what technologies are used to control it?

Movable Borders is an ongoing research project that begins to explore possible answers to these questions through facilitating discussions around the ‘reterritorialisation’ of the borderline in the information age. The first series of Movable Borders events is a workshop series titled The Reposition Matrix. Participants are invited to investigate the use of cybernetic military systems such as remotely piloted aircraft (drones) and the Disposition Matrix, a dynamic database of intelligence that produces protocological kill-lists for the US Department of Defense.

The workshop aims to reterritorialise the drone as a physical, industrially-produced technology of war through the creation of an open-access database: a ‘reposition matrix’ that geopolitically situates the organisations, locations, and trading networks that play a role in the production of military drone technologies. Dave Young is an artist, musician and researcher currently studying the Networked Media course at the Piet Zwart Institute in Rotterdam, NL. His research deals with the Cold War history of networked culture, exploring the emergence of cybernetic theory as an ideology of the information age and the influence of military technologies on popular culture.


[1] Jamie Doward. Rise of drones in UK airspace prompts civil liberties warning. Sunday 7 Oct 2012

[2] Habermas, in The Postnational Constellation and the Future of Democracy.