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It’s been a long time since I posted any news so here is some! There is some really great work with drones showcased in this catalog. It’s pretty amazing that this subject matter has such a breadth of interpretation and treatment. This is a great group of people and a great project! You can check it out here: http://v1b3.com/project/art2drone/ or download the PDF catalog here

My installation, For the Love of… was selected for inclusion.


Art2Drone is a catalog of art projects that explore diverse and critical approaches to “drone” technologies. In recent years radio controlled and mobile application driven quadrocoptors have become ubiquitous toys simultaneous with greater public awareness of commercial and military uses of UAVs (unmanned autonomous vehicles). Artists have adapted these tools for their practices.

Art2Drone is the fourth in a series of experimental catalogs that explore artists’ responses to new technologies. Previous projects include Scan2Go, Art2View and Art2Make which focus on QR codes, augmented reality and 3D printing respectively. Each publication includes a feature for each project with links to a rich media website and critical essays that extend the viewing experience.

Art2Drone would not have been possible without the dedication of many collaborators. My thanks and appreciation go to Professors Meredith Hoy, Abigail Susik and George Monteleone for contributing critical perspectives that shape how these works are understood. Artist Michelle Graves designed the Art2Drone logo, a work that simultaneously references the tension between the mechanical and the organic. The logo, featured on the cover of this catalog and the website, will be represented on vinyl stickers to be distributed at the College Art Association Conference.

The Services to Artists Committee of the College Art Association sponsored this project as part of the 2015 CAA Annual Conference. I would like to express my gratitude to Conrad Gleber, Chris Manzione and Gail Rubini from the media arts collective v1b3 for organizing the project, designing the catalog and companion website. Finally, I would like to thank the administrative staff of CAA for sharing this four year journey that has given critical representation to forms that often seem fringe.

Mat Rappaport
Associate Professor
Columbia College, Chicago


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