Katherine Chandler researcher, critic and artist

Katherine Chandler
Drone Publics
Drone Publics

Drone Publics asks how collectives of humans and nonhumans are mobilized in a network of droneports and drones designed to deliver medical supplies throughout Rwanda; a local array of unmanned aircraft to track poachers and endangered animals in Kruger National Park in South Africa; and an open source mapping project on Zanzibar. I contrast the […]

Death by PowerPoint
Death by PowerPoint

Recent studies of drone aircraft use the system as a figure for the Obama administration’s continuation of the War on Terror, highlighting ethical, political and legal implications of the technology for 21st century war. Yet, the symbol of the drone – an unmanned, fiberglass, flying object – is misleading. This analysis proposes drone warfare is […]

American Kamikaze
American Kamikaze

In 1934, Vladamir Zworykin, the lead engineer for Radio Corporation of America’s (RCA) new television technologies, circulated a memorandum, “A Flying Torpedo with an Electric Eye.” He outlined how imaging systems created at RCA could guide aerial weapons, integrating the systems with remote controlled aircraft also in development at the time. Zworykin claimed the television-guided […]

Drone Flight and Failure

First Flight, 1941 from Katherine Chandler on Vimeo. “Drone Flight and Failure: the United States’ Secret Trials, Experiments and Operations in Unmanning, 1936-1973,” uses science and technology studies, new media and political theory to investigate the so-called unmanning of combat aircraft by the United States. I study top-secret drone experiments and missions during World War […]

History and Theory of New Media Lecture Series

Katherine Chandler responded to the History & Theory of New Media Lectures 2013-2014, held by the Berkeley Center for New Media.  WORLDLY MATTERS A Response to Eyal Weizman’s “Forensic Architecture” Eyal Weizman’s most recent work, a series of collaborative projects brought together as forensic architecture, asks publics to examine scenes of death through a range […]

System Failures

Screenshot from Ghost Recon: Future Soldier. Article originally published in the New Inquiry. On April 9, 2009, fourteen peace activists were arrested for trespassing onto Creech Air Force Base (AFB) in Indian Springs, Nevada. Following a week-long vigil critical of drones flown around the world from control trailers on the base, guards stopped the protesters when they […]

Unarchive of the Unmanned
Unarchive of the Unmanned

Working with classified and formerly classified materials led me to several concurrent projects in the visual arts, which further explore how secrecy operates through drones and with what consequences. I ask how do drone technologies, and the humans who produce and operate them, map onto domestic and international spaces?  My artwork creates an “unarchive of […]

Arbona’s Drone Report
Arbona's Drone Report

Presented with Javier Arbona and Nick Sowers at Artist Television Access in San Francisco, March 19, 2011, eight years after the second invasion of Iraq.  A live video, slide and sound performance that addressed the military, industrial, economic and human implications of drone warfare through a degenerating corporate presentation.  Part of collaborations with #DEMILIT.

Drone Crash
Drone Crash

With collaborators Ricardo Dominguez, Ian Paul and Trish Stone, I participated in a performance, installation and public discussion of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles based on a staged drone crash at the University of California, San Diego campus on December 6, 2012.  You can read local news reports about the crash on NBC 7 San Diego.