Björn Schülke, "Spider Drone #2," 2012

Björn Schülke
"Spider Drone #2," 2012
Wood, carbon fiber, two cameras, tft video display, motors, motion sensors, custom circuits
21 x 22 x 24 in / 53.3 x 55.9 x 61 cm

Perched in a corner, "Spider Drone #2" subverts the common idea of surveillance, turning the machine into a technological parasite that performs its own control parody. Extending from this sculpture’s insect-like body are two attached camera arms, which advance according to the detected movements of the audience. The object’s sleek surface finish suggests militaristic perfection and homogeneity, perhaps a disembodied surveillance cameral - while its exposed wires and screen-display pose a constant threat of inspection. Targeting the viewer, "Spider Drone #2" pivots protectively, and absurdly “shoots”, performing the function of automated warcraft.

Video courtesy of the artist and bitforms gallery nyc.

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