What happens when a drone enters a gallery or appears on screen? What thresholds are crossed as this weapon of war occupies everyday visual culture? These questions have appeared with increasing regularity since the advent of the War on Terror, when drones began migrating into civilian platforms of film, photography, installation, sculpture, performance art, and theater. In this groundbreaking study, Thomas Stubblefield attempts not only to define the emerging genre of "drone art" but to outline its primary features, identify its historical lineages, and assess its political aspirations. Richly detailed and politically salient, this book is the first comprehensive analysis of the intersections between drones, art, technology, and power.
Thomas Stubblefield is Associate Professor of Art History and Media Studies at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth. His book 9/11 and the Visual Culture of Disaster was awarded the NEPCA Rollins Book Award.
"In Drone Art
, [Stubblefield] ruminates on the profound implications of a technology that can, by cross-referencing historical patterns, provide ‘limitless temporal parameters.'"
— London Review of Books