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Game of Drones
Game of Drones

Game of Drones

Of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles

Edited by Claudia Emmert, Edited by Jürgen Bleibler, Edited by Dominik Busch, Edited by Ina Neddermeyer


200 Pages, 7 x 9.5

Formats: Cloth, PDF

Cloth, $40.00 (US $40.00) (CA $54.00)

Publication Date: October 2020

ISBN 9783958083189

Rights: US & CA

Neofelis Verlag (Oct 2020)

Price: $40.00


Drones are unmanned flying objects, whose size is as different as their appearance and their use. They are employed for various civil purposes, such as enabling the access to places that would otherwise be difficult to access, for border control, surveillance, data collection as well as in agriculture and the service sector. They provide artists, photographers, and filmmakers with impressive footage and have revolutionized the aesthetics of contemporary imagery.However, drones are also considered to be the most important war technology since the invention of the atom bomb. As of yet, drones are not autonomously operating systems, but combined with artificial intelligence, they could become errie weapons. Turning them into learning and autonomously acting machines also raises ethical questions.This publication brings together the contents from the exhibition Game of Drones. Of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles and a conference on the subject in the Zeppelin Museum Friedrichshafen, which analyzes different aspects of historical, current, and future drone technology in more depth. Socially relevant questions are dealt with based on historical technological exhibits and selected works by international artists, who critically reflect on drone technology in many different ways.Today’s drones are the further development of unmanned balloons, remotely guided weapons, and model airplanes. Taking this historical starting point, the publication concerns itself with the use of drones and their hybrid function as toys, war technology, and an economic factor. As a technology that unifies absolute oppositions, its contradictory nature is demonstrated in all its facets: from a surveillance device to an instrument for resistance and protest, from an animated object in the animistic sense to their use in strategic warfare. The publication also examines future developments, such as questions on transhuman consciousness and artificial intelligenc

Author Biography

Claudia Emmert studied art history, German and Romance philology at the University of Stuttgart and received her doctorate on the stage compositions and poems of Wassily Kandinsky in the context of the eschatological teachings of his time. From 1994 to 1999, she was the director of the Gallery of the City of Fellbach and the assistant director of the city’s cultural office. During 1999–2009, she headed the DSV Kunstkontor in Stuttgart. Between 2009–2014, she was founding director of the Kunstpalais in Erlangen and responsible for the municipal collection. Additionally, she held lectureships at the State School of Fashion Design in Stuttgart, the University of the Savings Banks Finance Group in Bonn and the German Academies of the Saving Banks Finance Group in Bonn, Potsdam, Landshut and Neuhausen auf den Fildern as well as at the Institute of Art History of the Friedrich-Alexander-University Erlangen-Nuremberg. Since 2014, she has been director of the Zeppelin Museum Friedrichshafen. Jürgen Bleibler studied library science, art history and German studies. From 1992, he was involved as an external research associate in the establishment of the Zeppelin Museum Friedrichshafen in the building of the harbor train station, where he subsequently completed his scientific traineeship. Since 1998, he has been head of the Zeppelin department of the museum. He has published extensively and curated numerous exhibitions on the international development history of balloon and airship aviation, aircraft and rail vehicle construction as well as on the history of technology, industry and transportation in Friedrichshafen and the Lake Constance region, most recently Connecting the World. Pioneering Flights and Air Traffic Across the Atlantic and Innovations! Destination: Future. Dominik Busch studied literature, art and art education in Wuppertal and at the Düsseldorf Art Academy. During 2012–2014, he researched curatorial concepts of the 1990s at the University of Cologne. Thereafter, he worked for Esther Schipper, Berlin, and as an artist assistant for AA Bronson. During 2017–2018, he was a scientific trainee with the art department at the Zeppelin Museum Friedrichshafen, where he has been head of the department for Public Discourse & Mediation since June 2018. He recently curated the exhibition IDEAL STANDARD. Speculations on Bauhaus today in cooperation with Erika Hock. Ina Neddermeyer studied art history, political science and philosophy in Berlin and Florence. After her scientific traineeship at the Kunstpalais in Erlangen, she was the curator of the municipal collection Erlangen from 2013 to 2016. In 2014, she also held the position of acting director of the Kunstpalais in Erlangen. She has been curator and head of the art department at the Zeppelin Museum Friedrichshafen since 2016. She curated numerous exhibitions, including solo exhibitions on Peter Land, Reynold Reynolds, Otto Dix, Martha Hoepffner and Willi Baumeister as well as the group exhibitions #catcontent, Thicker than Water. Family Concepts in Contemporary Art, Beautiful New Worlds. Virtual Realities in Contemporary Art and Cult! Legends, Stars an