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[liberationtech] Drones At Home

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Tue Mar 6 20:46:49 PST 2012

Drones At Home <>

*Drones at Home* explores the strange allure of drones and the push for
their domestication—by governments, corporations, and everyday citizens.

"Home" is understood at multiple scales—at the level of the individual,
backyard, community, border region, and homeland. The San Diego region is
featured prominently and regional issues are explored as exemplars of
global phenomena. The exhibition also departs from any strict
interpretation of the form that a drone must take; the project expands on
the "unmanned" nature of the drone as symbolic of a larger
condition--ecologies where the status of the human is called into question,
distributed and embedded in a wider field of shared intelligence.

*Drones at Home* will be presented in three phases. Phase 1 includes an
exhibition; Phase 2 consists of panels and a workshop; and Phase 3, which
continues through the summer, will include the creation of new drone
projects in collaboration with invited artists and research groups at
Calit2. Co-curated by Sheldon Brown, Jordan Crandall, and Ricardo
Dominguez, this first phase will feature the work of Matthew Battles,
Trevor Paglen, The Periscope Project, Alex Rivera and Angel Nevarez, along
with additional work drawn from research in the field.

Matthew Battles is a poet, writer, and co-founder of His
forthcoming books include *Letter by Letter* (W. W. Norton), a sentimental
and natural history of writing, and a short story collection, *The
Sovereignties of Invention* (Red Lemonade). He is a research fellow with
metaLAB, an academic and creative collaborative devoted to the exploration
of technology in the arts and humanities, hosted by Harvard University's
Berkman Center for Internet and Society .

Alex Rivera is a New York based digital media artist and filmmaker. His
first feature film, SLEEP DEALER premiered at Sundance 2008, and won two
awards, including the Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award. Rivera is a Sundance
Fellow and a Rockefeller Fellow. His work, which addresses concerns of the
Latino community through a language of humor, satire, and metaphor, has
also been screened at The Berlin International Film Festival, New
Directors/New Films, The Guggenheim Museum, PBS, Telluride, and other
international venues.

Angel Nevarez is an artist, musician, and DJ. He has produced works which
investigate contemporary music, dissent, and public fora, and move between
the spatial simultaneity of performance and enunciation, reflecting upon
the projection of political agency through transmission and song. His
interests lie in the formation of mobile, performative, and
discursive-based social spaces, along with the re-articulation of
communicatory systems within such locales. Nevarez is also a faculty member
of MIT’s Art, Culture, and Technology Program.

Trevor Paglen’s work deliberately blurs lines between science, contemporary
art, journalism, and other disciplines to construct unfamiliar, yet
meticulously researched ways to see and interpret the world around us.
Paglen’s visual work has been exhibited at the Metropolitan Museum of Art,
New York; The Tate Modern, London; The Walker Arts Center, Minneapolis; The
Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh; Institute for Contemporary Art,
Philadelphia; The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; Massachusetts Museum
of Contemporary Art, North Adams; the 2008 Taipei Biennial; the Istanbul
Biennial 2009, and numerous other solo and group exhibitions.

The Periscope Project is a space and co-operative based in downtown San
Diego committed to the transdisciplinary nexus of art, architecture, and
regional urban issues. Operating by the efforts of its resident
practitioners; *Drone Readymade *represents the first discreet project
(outside of The Periscope Project itself) undertaken collaboratively. The
project's primary authors are James Enos (M.Arch, NSAD, MFA UCSD, Visiting
Assistant Professor, FSU), Molly Enos (M.Arch NSAD, AIA), Charles G. Miller
(MFA UCSD), Keith Muller, Andrea Ngan, David Kim, Jon Barth, Jason Durr and
Jay Ojeda; with key contributions from Jon Zuppan. For *Drones at Home*,
The Periscope Project is collaborating with Owen Mundy (MFA UCSD, Assistant
Professor FSU).


gallery at calit2
Atkinson Hall, First Floor, 9500 Gilman Drive
La Jolla, California CA 92093-0436
United States of America
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