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12-22 November 2020

The World of Drone Art

This virtual exhibition introduces some of the complex moral and social issues around drone technology and use through the world of drone art. Curated by Dr Beryl Pong, and using an interactive 3D platform, the exhibition brings together a selection of international pieces throughout the past decade—from paintings to photographs, from digital installations to social media artworks—to reflect on the role drones play in our increasingly interconnected, mediated world.

The 3D Gallery Space

This exhibition includes a commissioned soundpiece and is best experienced with headphones.

Drone technology has not only reshaped the conduct of war; it now underpins multiple facets of contemporary life, deployed for purposes ranging from border patrol and surveillance, as well as aerial journalism, humanitarian disaster relief, and agricultural crop monitoring. How do drones promise new ways of visualizing and embodying our world? How do drone innovations intersect with broader developments in data analysis and artificial intelligence? How have contemporary artists explored the origins, ethics, and futures of drone use?

Dr Pong explored these questions and took a more in-depth look at some of the artworks in her gallery talk on Sunday 15 November 2020.

This event was funded by a British Academy Rising Star Engagement Award.

Image © Drone Shadow 007: The Lavender Hill Drone, 2014, installed by James Bridle and Grace Jones.

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