18 – 30 September 2018
»[...] in having different eyes, in seeing the universe with the eyes of another person, of a hundred others, and seeing the hundred universes each of them sees, which each of them is.«
— Dan Simmons, Ilium (nach Marcel Proust, Auf der Suche nach der verlorenen Zeit)
Drones bring together contradictions. From meditative landscape shots and airborne selfies to logistical visions of swift goods delivery and deadly military missions, no other contemporary technology evokes such ambiguous practices, images or emotions as the drone. The flying cameras represent new forms of popular and distributed visualities, of the appropriation and disruption of space as well as of the sensory pervasion of our everyday lives. Drones do not just lend us their eyes; they allow us to focus in on how things perceive us and themselves.
Hovering somewhere above intimacy, consumer criticism and science fiction, the exhibition »different eyes” shows how artists adapt, modulate and transform drones. They generate counter-narratives, alternative imagery and moments of resistance. By expanding upon quotidian common practices and imaginations, the artworks visualize the ways in which drones are technically and socially embedded as open cultural objects. In so doing, they make us see them - and indeed, cause us to see the world - with different eyes.
Aram Bartholl | Nadja Buttendorf | Stephanie Comilang | DISNOVATION.ORG | IOCOSE | Katharina Monka | Anne Niemetz | Johanna Reich | Addie Wagenknecht | Liam Young
Curated by: Magdalena Götz & Hendrik Bender
Project lead: Prof. Dr. Tristan Thielmann
Conceptual assistance: Gabi Linde & students of the seminar »Die Bedrohnung – Fliegende Kameras«, University of Siegen
Curatorial consultation : Nada Schroer
Graphic design: whateverworks, Leipzig
A collaboration between the »Media of Cooperation« Collaborative Research Center and its projects »Navigation in Online/Offline Spaces« and »Public Infrastructures: Visibility and Invisibility« with the »Locating Media« Graduate School at the University of Siegen
With the friendly support of: Gruppe 3/55 e.V.