Game of Drones.
Of unmanned flying objects
Zeppelin Museum, Friedrichshafen
7 June – 3 November 2019
The history of unmanned flying objects goes back much further than we might initially think. There have always been various motivations for aerial vehicles that are not piloted by humans, be they for testing new flying objects or serving scientific investigation. The Game of Drones exhibition, which opened at the Zeppelin Museum on 6 June, looks at the significance of unmanned aerial vehicles today against these historical facts.
By 2020, it is expected that more than 7 million drones will be in the skies in Europe. This figure includes private drones used as hobby and entertainment as well as drones used for surveillance, transport or military purposes. Describing the ambivalent character of drones, Ina Neddermeyer, the exhibition’s curator, says, “It is a technology that unites complete opposites and therefore offers numerous possibilities for being adapted, especially from an artistic perspective.” The museum has set itself the task of using trans-disciplinary approaches to move this observational, yet invisible, technology into the field of the visible and to stimulate a discourse on how to deal with it in the future. Drones have arrived on the mass market and enjoy general social acceptance – even in the civilian sector. However, we should not overlook the fact that, in conjunction with artificial intelligence, they are already considered the most influential military technology since the invention of the atomic bomb.
What are the strengths and weaknesses of these unmanned aerial vehicles? And how will we interact with them in the future? Eleven international artists present their stance alongside examples from aviation history, the museum’s own drone “Claire”, and the use of drones as an instrument of resistance. In staging this exhibition, the Zeppelin Museum is the first German museum to examine this technology in the context of science and art which, in view of its considerable influence, has received very little attention so far.
The standard entrance fee is 11 euros, reduced rates 7 euros.