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DETROIT: October 11th - November 24, 2013
Exhibition Opening & Reception: Friday, October 11th, 6:00pm - 11:00pm
Closing: Sunday, November 24th, 6:00pm
ANN ARBOR: January 3rd - February 16th, 2014
Exhibition Opening & Reception: Friday, January 10th, 6:00pm - 9:00pm
Closing: Sunday, February 16th, 4:00pm
Curated by Rocco DePietro and Gloria Pritschet
Drones are the quintessential object of the 21st century. They are revolutionizing global warfare and domestic and foreign surveillance, galvanizing the creative impulse, and challenging democratic principles and personal values around the globe. Just as the automobile, airplane and computer, irrevocably changed life and business in the 20th century, drones are changing the way we work, play, battle, and live in the 21st century.
By definition, a drone is an unmanned aerial vehicle. Its flight is controlled by either autonomous on- board computers or by remote control from the ground. The burgeoning variety of drone shapes, sizes, configurations and capabilities, expresses the limitless imagination and quickly developing skill of designers and users. Historically, UAV’s were simple remotely piloted aircraft. Autonomous control was developed, redesigned, and enhanced with many more uses and ever-increasing sophistication. Currently, Micro Air Vehicles (MAVs), insect and bird-size drones, fly, perch, hover, and crawl as part of their surveillance capabilities. Drone swarms and drone armies, which might seem straight out of the Terminator movies, are being designed and developed. There are experimental hummingbird surveillance drones the size of quarters and predator drones that are 68 feet long.
Drones are being used for both military and non-military applications. Modern warfare is no longer waged only by foot soldiers with artillery and air support, but by remotely controlled and autonomous drones equipped to recognize, assess, and eliminate targets anywhere in the world. Civil applications include monitoring oil pipelines and water levels, mapping archeological digs and pollution, fighting fires, filming action sports, tracking migrating wildlife and poachers, searching for the missing and fugitives, air dropping supplies, and surveying devastation from natural disasters. Drones are preferred for missions that are too "dull, dirty, or dangerous" for manned aircraft.
Fueling the rapid growth of drone technologies are American individualism, creativity and the entrepreneurial spirit. Technological advances in fields such as remote sensing, robotics, miniaturization, global positioning, fuel cells, and avionics have transformed and accelerated growth. Not surprisingly, much of this growth is experimental, secretive, and unregulated. Greed for wealth and power is also driving the pace and direction of drone applications. Drones are being sold to the highest bidders without consideration of potential consequences. Future drone uses and users are still largely unknown. At this point, societal and political implications of drone technologies are an afterthought.
In this exhibit, artists will explore drones from various perspectives including their current and future designs, capabilities, applications, and likely societal impacts and consequences. They will present concepts both real and imagined for current and future applications. They will also examine the context and environment of drone development including the developers, users, and in some cases, victims, of these technologies.
We encourage you to make the trip to Eastern Market, Detroit, to see Drones, Gallery Project’s first dual-site exhibit. The exhibit is at POW Detroit (1550 Winder), a 23,000 sq. ft. building with the city’s most superb graffiti. We modified the space to create a gallery and built a stairway to the second floor, where you can view three drones suspended from a 20 foot ceiling along with large 3-D work. POW Detroit is very easy to find, right in the heart of the Eastern Market. There is ample parking. The whole Eastern Market parking lot is just a block away. You can walk to The Russell Street Deli or The Farmers Restaurant for delicious food from local produce, grab an espresso at Trinosophe on Gratiot, and stop across the street at the Red Bull House of Art. The exhibit is open from 5-9pm. Bethany Shorb will be the DJ for Friday’s fun event. Refreshments will be served.
Directions: 1550 Winder Street is directly across from the Red Bull House of Art. There you will be greeted by exhibit staff at a wide open gate. The back entrance is at 2431 Orleans where a large white drone is painted. Take 96E to 75N. Follow signs for Gratiot and Route 3. Soon you come to a huge sign: Freeway Ends, follow signs for Gratiot South to the right. Make sharp right turn. Make right at second light which is Russell St. Once on Russell Street you are in the heart of the Eastern Market. You can park anywhere in the large parking lot on the right. Winder is perpendicular to Russell and runs along the Market Sheds. Before you reach the end of Winder St. you will see on the right the gallery entrance.
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8-1-2014 through 8-31-2014
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Ann Arbor Art Center
Ann Arbor, MI