"Drone #2", 2002
carbon, alloy, monitor, cameras, solar panels, motors, sensors
14.75 x 7.25 x 2.5' / 450 x 220 x 80 cm
The futuristic appearance of Björn Schülke "Drone #2" sees like a requisite from a science film. The autonomous hi-tech construct, consisting of solar cells, heat sensors, propellers, videochips and TFT monitor is suspended from the ceiling and reacts for the "warmblooded" spectator without him or her being able to directly influence its movement. This construction, at first glance finely structured and fragile, mutates, once activated, into a menacing surveillance apparatus whose function is nothing but permanent observation.
The work is in the permanent collection of the Sculpture Museum Glaskasten, Marl, Germany.
Video courtesy of the artist and bitforms gallery nyc.
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