Drone Duet

Drone Duet was a collaboration between Elana Mann and Matias Viegener for the Culver Center Digital Mural Project at University of California Riverside ARTSblock.

The artwork considers the way drones have infiltrated our lives as toys, weapons, spooky friends, accomplices, listeners, watchers, and enemies. Viegener’s drone poem was written in 2013 through a cell phone, an implicit, “friendly” drone. The poem alternates between playful and grave, revealing the haunting and inevitable presence of drones in our lives. Mann’s animation translates a typical day of drone activity, from afternoon, to evening, to stormy morning. The animation shows drones in their natural habitat, highlighting their unique flying abilities, unmatched maneuverability, and deadly accuracy.