Spider Drone #4, 2015
Brass, wood, carbon fiber, two cameras, TFT LCD, motors, motion sensors, custom circuits, paint
21.7 x 17.7 x 37.4 in / 55 x 45 x 95 cm, installed
Part of Schülke’s Drone series, Spider Drone #4 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 is an attached camera arm, which advances according to the detected movements of the audience. The object’s sleek surface finish suggests militaristic perfection and homogeneity, perhaps a disembodied fighter aircraft – and its exposed wires and screen-display pose a constant threat of inspection. Targeting the viewer, Spider Drone #4 pivots protectively, and absurdly “shoots”, performing the function of automated warcraft. Although the data in this system is not collected and stored, the ‘threat’ of surveillance remains, provoking questions of privacy, spectatorship and authorship.