[csaa-forum] Drone Futures Seminar Series: Thomas Stubblefield, 4 November, a UNSW Media Futures Hub Event

Michael Richardson michael.richardson at unsw.edu.au
Tue Oct 20 08:52:16 ACST 2020

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A virtual public seminar with
Thomas Stubblefield (UMass Darmouth)
Chaired by Michael Richardson (UNSW)
The Ornithology of Drone Art
As a result of the historical reliance of war upon the animal body, modern military technologies such as the drone are haunted by a lingering zoological presence. Of the nonhuman animals that occupy the modern drone perhaps none are as influential as birds. Not only do these creatures offer a means of materializing an enduring connection between flight and surveillance that had occupied the imaginary for centuries, but so too do they introduce an aerial proxy by which a thoroughly modern asymmetry of warfare would come into being. This presentation will discuss the ways in which the video Seagulls (2013) and the #NotABugSplat installation (2014) engage this residual animal presence in order to both excavate alternate histories of the drone and reimagine its practices of targeting.

Thomas Stubblefield is Associate Professor of Contemporary Art History and Media Studies and Interim Associate Dean of the College of Visual and Performing Arts at the University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth. In 2015, his book, 9/11 and the Visual Culture of Disaster (Indiana University Press), was awarded the Rollins Prize. His most recent book, Drone Art: The Everywhere War as Medium (2020), was published by the University of California Press. His essay: “Towards a History of the Medial Regime: Force and the Post-Industrial Female Body” appeared in the Winter 2020 issue of Cultural Critique (University of Minnesota Press).

Time: 10am – 11:30am AEDT

Location: Drone Futures seminars will be streamed live to YouTube, where participants can converse and post questions. If you can’t attend live, you can register to receive a link to a recording of the seminar.

REGISTER VIA EVENTBRITE NOW<https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/114088746512>

Drone Futures brings together leading artists, humanities and social science scholars whose research intersects with the emerging field of drone studies. From the neo-colonial violence of contemporary wars in the Middle East and Africa to the strange histories of unmanned aerial vehicles to activist uses in struggles for justice, this seminar series looks to the past and present to think into the future. By showcasing inter-disciplinary scholarship, it aims to spark new connections and inspire debate about how to build more just drone futures.

August 12: Ronak K. Kapadia (University of Illinois at Chicago), recording available here.<https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FcEcfCXKZ_4>
September 2: Antoine Bousquet (Birkbeck, University of London, author of The Eye of War: Perception from the Telescope of the Drone) and Jairus Grove (University of Hawaii, author of A Savage Ecology: War and Geopolitics at the End of the World, recording available here.<https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MVDEQTao9CA>

September 23: Katherine Chandler (Georgetown University, artist and author of Unmanning: How Humans, Machines and Media Perform Drone Warfare), recording available here.<https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XIpMj0iVYBA>

October 14: J.D. Schnepf (University of Groningen, researcher on drones, domesticity and militarism), recording available here.<https://youtu.be/urOx7DXcEOo>

November 4: Thomas Stubblefield (UMass Dartmouth, author of Drone Art: The Everywhere War as Medium) 10AM – 11.30AM(AEDT)

November 26: Mahwish Chishty (UMass Amherst, artist<https://www.mahachishty.com/>) 10AM – 11.30AM(AEDT)
Register for upcoming seminars via the UNSW Media Futures Hub Eventbrite Page<http://unswmediafutureshub.eventbrite.com.au/?s=123375358>.
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The Drone Futures Seminar Series will culminate in the Drone Cultures Symposium<https://www.dronewitnessing.com/>, hosted virtually on the 8-10 of December by the UNSW Media Futures Hub<https://mediafutureshub.org/>.

Stay tuned! Drone Futures will be available as a limited series of the Media Futures Podcast<https://podcasts.apple.com/au/podcast/media-futures-podcast/id1506530595>.

Drone Futures and the Drone Cultures Symposium are funded by an Australian Research Council Discovery Early Career Researcher Award.

We acknowledge and pay respect to the Traditional Custodians of the land on which we work and live, particularly the Bedegal, Bidjigal and Gadigal Peoples, and their elders past and present. Sovereignty was never ceded, and the struggle for justice continues.

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