Dronological Power: Remote Control Occupation and the New Epistemo-Technologies of Sovereignty

Bloomberg, Ramon. 2019. Dronological Power: Remote Control Occupation and the New Epistemo-Technologies of Sovereignty. Doctoral thesis, Goldsmiths, University of London [Thesis]

No full text available
[img] Text (Dronological Power: Remote Control Occupation and the New Epistemo-Technologies of Sovereignty)
ART_thesis_BloombergR_2019.pdf - Accepted Version
Permissions: Administrator Access Only until 30 April 2022.
Available under License Creative Commons Attribution Non-commercial No Derivatives.

Download (2MB)

Abstract or Description

This doctoral thesis takes up the contemporary military drone and seeks to uncover the historical, political, and technical formations veiled by its colloquial apprehension as a remotely controlled unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV). The project has been undertaken as practice-based research in fine art and as such is composed of two equally weighted elements that are mutually constitutive. The practical element takes the form of a literary novel.

Contextualised within a global military-commercial (mil-com) projection of power, the drone is understood as a producer of knowledge (dronology) and near- sovereign within conditions of generally distributed sovereignty. The drone exerts an algorithmic governmentality differentiated from political governmentality. Agency within the drone ensemble is mutable and intensive across a distributed network topology. If the sovereign state has been in a relationship of recurrent causality with the indivisible sovereign subject, by contrast, the drone is the relation of a sovereign to dividuated forms of life. I argue that the drone is a near- sovereignty that problematises biopolitical theories of power. The mode of power in which the body presupposes the force of law is insufficient for the drone, which I argue is instead a form of sovereign power for which the subject body is no longer meaningful. For the drone, the body lingers on as the hypo-ject – a corollary to the signature.

The drone is operational across multiple scales. The method of investigation therefore addresses the drone at a plurality of magnitudes. Furthermore, the thesis is framed by two structuring devices: the etymology of the term drone and the case of a 2015 signature strike in the Federally Administered Tribal Area (FATA) of Pakistan. The etymological account demonstrates a historical migration of ways in which the individual has been configured in relation to reason and a political framework. The 2015 signature strike serves to distinguish the current drone from its etymological precedent.

Item Type:

Thesis (Doctoral)

Identification Number (DOI):

https://doi.org/10.25602/GOLD.00026375

Keywords:

Drone, Military, Power, Biopolitics

Departments, Centres and Research Units:

Art

Date:

30 April 2019

Item ID:

26375

Date Deposited:

30 May 2019 14:44

Last Modified:

01 Feb 2021 06:55

URI:

https://research.gold.ac.uk/id/eprint/26375

View statistics for this item...

Edit Record Edit Record (login required)