Shows & Events

  • Group show

    Blue Sky Days in 100 local exhibitions as part of World Press Photo

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    As a winner of the World Press Photo Award, the Blue Sky Days drone project will appear as part of 100 local WPP exhibitions around the globe.

     

    Select show venues include:

    • Amsterdam, 18 April to 5 July, 2015

    • Berlin, 1 to 11 September, 2015

    • Edinburgh, 22 July to 22 August, 2015

    • Helsinki, 21 August to 12 September, 2015

    • Istanbul, 12 August to 2 September, 2015

    • Madrid, 11 September to 11 October, 2015

    • Mexico City, 28 August to 27 September, 2015

    • Paris, 4 to 27 September, 2015

    • St. Petersburg, 26 September to 28 October, 2015

    • Tokyo, 27 June to 9 August, 2015

     

    See the full list of exhibition locations.

    Since 2002, the US has used unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs, or drones) to collect intelligence and carry out airstrikes in Pakistan, Yemen and Somalia. The aircraft are guided via satellite by distant operators. The attacks have resulted in a large number of fatalities, including hundreds of civilians.

    The photographer bought a small drone, fitted it with a camera, and flew it in the US over the sorts of gatherings that have become habitual targets for airstrikes abroad—weddings, funerals, groups of people praying or exercising. He also used it to photograph settings in which drones are used to less lethal effect, such as oil fields, prisons, and the US-Mexico border.

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  • Group show

    To See Without Being Seen: Contemporary Art and Drone Warfare

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    Group exhibition featuring Blue Sky Days 29 Jan. to 24 April, 2016

    Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum
    Skinker & Forsyth Boulevards
    St. Louis, MO 63130
    USA

    Summary:

    We are in the dawn of the drone age, a turning point in history when the technology of surveillance and remote engagement is changing the way we live and understand the world. Over the past decade, the United States and other countries have increasingly resorted to unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), colloquially known as drones, as part of a global network of image gathering and data collection employed to monitor collective life and target individuals. As drones redefine contemporary policing and warfare, their impact is filtering into art and visual culture, generating new investigations into issues of agency, power, visibility, technology, and fear.

    To See Without Being Seen: Contemporary Art and Drone Warfare presents an international array of contemporary artworks that engage with the geopolitical aspects of drone warfare and surveillance. Comprising video, sculpture, installation, photography, and web-based projects, the artworks in this exhibition raise fundamental questions about undeclared wars, increasingly invisible and seamless military technologies, undeterred surveillance, and the amassing of data. Works by Tomas van Houtryve, James Bridle, Harun Farocki, Trevor Paglen, and Hito Steyerl, among others, offer keen deliberations on these topics.

    The exhibition is cocurated by Svea Bräunert, a Berlin-based scholar in media and cultural studies, and Meredith Malone, associate curator.

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