Spider Drone #2, 2012
Carbon fiber, wood, two cameras, tft video display, motors, motion sensors, custom circuits, paint
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 camera – 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.