Location: Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum – Skinker & Forsyth Boulevards – St. Louis.
Calendar: Jan 29 – April 24, 2016.
We are in the dawn of the drone age, a turning point in history when the technology of surveillance and remote engagement is changing the way we live and understand the world. Over the past decade, the United States and other countries have increasingly resorted to unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), colloquially known as drones, as part of a global network of image gathering and data collection employed to monitor collective life and target individuals. As drones redefine contemporary policing and warfare, their impact is filtering into art and visual culture, generating new investigations into issues of agency, power, visibility, technology, and fear.
To See Without Being Seen: Contemporary Art and Drone Warfare presents an international array of contemporary artworks that engage with the geopolitical aspects of drone warfare and surveillance. Comprising video, sculpture, installation, photography, and web-based projects, the artworks in this exhibition raise fundamental questions about undeclared wars, increasingly invisible and seamless military technologies, undeterred surveillance, and the amassing of data. Works by Tomas van Houtryve, James Bridle, Harun Farocki, Trevor Paglen, and Hito Steyerl, among others, offer keen deliberations on these topics.
The exhibition is co-curated by Svea Bräunert, a Berlin-based scholar in media and cultural studies, and Meredith Malone, associate curator.