Drone Art & Activism

Viewed primarily as instruments of war and threats to privacy, drones have become the focus of attention on unchecked state surveillance and uncontested violence. But what are the possibilities for subverting or inverting these applications?


Industry groups and drone proponents have claimed there are many progressive uses of drones, from environmental to humanitarian applications. But to what extent can drones serve to empower democratic movements and reverse environmental destruction? Are acts of sousveillance possible, or do small cheap drones merely add new layers of surveillance? Are there truly progressive applications of drones? What is the potential power of drone aesthetics? In short, what might activists do when it comes to drones?