drone beuys

“Drone Beuys” is a collaborative, non-gender specific gesture at the extension of technology as a contemporary reference to the conceptual artist Joseph Beuys,and fashioning of myth in our shared practice. Our work heavily involves the use of drones, aerial and underwater, with a focus on how artists operate within a scientific fieldwork setting or expedition framework. Our recent residency at Herhusid in Siglufjörður, Iceland and subsequent multi-media exhibitions are concrete demonstrations of this. Our roles in a University also play into our collaborative inter-disciplinary practice as we actively work with Anthropologists, Scientists, Strategic Communications, Dance, Music, Engineering, and Computer Scientists. We are fascinated with unique landscape formations and how they might be non-invasively, holistically mapped, with aerial photography or laser scanning. Of particular interest, in our burgeoning age of space exploration, are places that connect us to other planets, real or imagined. As a historical reference, NASA’s past use of sites in Iceland to prepare astronauts for moon landings or current sites in the American West that are being used as testing for Mars exploration,further our shared interest in the confluence of reality and simulated landscape. As we compile an archive of material from our collaborative trips and personal practices we have often found a collapsing of spaces and places into a new virtual world. This extensive mapping allows for a secondary exploration in a digital realm as we produce videos for audiences immersion, digitally fabricated/3D printed artifacts, or new art works in a traditional exhibition format. We love to share our working knowledge of using drones and technology in art as we engage with the surrounding landscape.

Current Members:

Nick Bontrager
Adam Fung
Dr. Walter Meyer
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