Dronesphere Colloquium, through a series of panels and presentations, will address the place of aerial robotics in the city. It will feature presentations by scholars from design practice, art, architectural history, surveillance studies and engineering. The drone’s “place” within the city will be triangulated through speculative proposals, historical analysis, and a critical engagement with their use in the present.
No city has yet confronted a large scale domestic integration of either
autonomous or remotely piloted aerial vehicles. Although, various
district-scale experiments testing the occupation of urban airspace are
underway. During the latter half of 2018, rural
delivery has begun in remote communities in Ontario, and has a longer
history in rural contexts outside of Canada. However, the city presents a
set of different spatial, social, legal, regulatory, and technical
challenges. Towards exploring this emerging situations,
panelists will develop the following lines of inquiry:
Architectural historian, John Harwood (U of T), will blur the boundary between land and sky through constructing a history of airspace.
de Niederhausern (Carlo Ratti Associati), and Immony Men
(OCAD U), will present early stage prototypes and proposals for the use
of drones from the perspective of designers. This panel will attenuate
possibilities for drones to
act at different scales within the city.
Architectural designer, Scott Sørli (UWaterloo/Ryerson) will facilitate a conversation between artist and educator Hillary Mushkin (CalTech), and Elle Flanders (Public Studio/U of T), about the geography and disposition of military drones in domestic airspace.
Sam Siewert (Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University),
Fiona McDermott (Trinity College, Dublin), Ciara Bracken-Roche (UOttawa) and
Ala Roushon (OCAD U), will use the distinct languages
of engineering, design, surveillance studies and critical theory to
address the devices, sensors and systems that assemble the drone.
While speculative architect Liam Young's (Sci Arc) performance lecture "I Spy With My Machine Eye" will stitch together fragments from his various film works towards narrating histories and possible futures of the drone.
Mason White (U of T) will conclude the day by facilitating a conversation with panelists situating different points of view and disciplinary positions.
Special Thanks to the FADO
Performance Art Center and the
Italian Cultural Institute for co-presenting Liam
Young’s performance lecture “I Spy With My Machine Eye”, and the
“Projective Urban Air Mobility” panel, respectively.
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