Drone Aviary:

A future city network of autonomous machines

The project looks at the social, political and cultural potential of drone technology as it enters our civil space and explores a world where the ‘network’, consisting of collected and aggregated data, begins to gain physical autonomy.

The Drone Aviary was on display at the V&A as part of the All Of This Belongs To You.

The installation contained a family of 5 drones and an accompanying film to provoke discussion about topics such as facial recognition, artificial intelligence, real-time news generation, surveillance and people profiling.

I worked as a designer—bringing our research, stories and concepts to life through data visualisation, drone interfaces, illustration and the design of other supporting materials.

Project by Superflux

We created future scenarios where drones become protagonists, moving through the city, making autonomous decisions and influencing our lives in often opaque yet profound ways.

Each drone is designed with a specific purpose, tasks and functions. The drones move and operate in the city, in our neighborhoods, and even in our homes. These machines are able to amass and utilise large amounts of citizen data, while being used for purposes of advertising, news reporting, law enforcement and social media.

Who has access and controls the data? How are decisions made by these autonomous, but also inevitably clumsy and fragile machines?

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