Collection of Drones - Triptych, 2019


Collection of Drones (2019) is a new series of works that acquires and presents drones as found objects, creating a collection that mimics the care and curiosity with which an entomologist approaches insects.

In Collection of Drones - Triptych small to mid-size domestic drones are pinned in place with steel pins across three panels, subverting their intended functionality by making them motionless.

Presenting the drones in this way attempts to address the uncertainty of our future that drones epitomise, as technology enters in to all aspects of our lives. Each drone is arranged and contained with an intentional naivety, held in place to render them neutral and tangible. Presented as static objects, we can start to assess their purpose and potential as agents of constant surveillance and artificial intelligence, or more optimistically as tools to aid disaster management and wildlife monitoring.

The act of collecting, analysing and observing this new technology through a knowingly pseudo-scientific process is an attempt to retain control over it, and make sense of it - to analyse the level of risk and possibility with which we are presented, while preserving and archiving it for an imagined future audience.

Showing drones in context of a collection is intended to prompt questions and interpretations about what we choose to preserve, and how and why we create collections. It asks how this new technology might be perceived in the future, as we transition to the next chapter of our natural and technological history.

Photos: Tim Meier


Humans since 1982
Collection of Drones - Triptych, 2019
Coated MDF, steel, drones, electronics, paper
805 x 1025 x 110 mm (x3)