WashU’s Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum has embarked upon an ambitious project this semester designed to open our eyes – literally and figuratively — to the compelling and mysterious world of drone technology, and to tell the story in a singular way — through art and visual culture.
To See Without Being Seen: Contemporary Art and Drone Warfare, on display through April 24, engages an impressive array of artworks and media that showcase the growing ubiquity of drone technology infiltrating aspects of everyday life, and that raise difficult questions around the increased use of unmanned aerial vehicles, collectively called drones, as they are quietly transforming concepts of policing and warfare.
On Thursday, March 31, the Assembly Series will co-sponsor a special event with the Kemper Art Museum: A panel discussion featuring Washington University experts on the “Technological, Legal, and Ethical Implications of Drones.” Panelists include Humberto Gonzalez, assistant professor in the Preston M. Green Department of Electrical & Systems Engineering; Neil Richards, professor of law; and associate curator of the exhibition, Meredith Malone.
The event will begin with a reception and exhibition viewing in the Kemper Art Museum at 5 p.m., then proceed to Steinberg Auditorium for the program, from 5:30 – 7 p.m.
Watch this HEC-TV video on drone technology featuring Gonzalez and colleague.
Read this expert opinion by Richards.