Kathrin Maurer

"The Drone Sensorium and Communities"

Kathrin Maurer
03/10 2018
12:15-13:15, D-IAS Conference Room ( Ø18-509-1)

The Drone Sensorium and Communities


By Kathrin Maurer, Dr. Phil, Associate Professor of German Studies
Institute for the Study of Culture, University of Southern Denmark (SDU)

Remote sensing, fluid surveillance, and algorithmic data streaming make drones into powerful “sensing” machines, that in turn not only extend the human sensorium but also evoke sensory affects within the subject. This talk demonstrates how these sensorial experiences can construct visions of human collectives and communities. Drones and their human agents can generate perceptions of the world, ideologies, racial dichotomies, and bio-political discourses. Artists have engaged with these “drone imaginaries” and have tried to create alternative images and narratives dismantling the power of the drone. By discussing “drone art” (novels, art installations, photography, films about drones), this talk demonstrates how the aesthetic realm can deconstruct, de-territorialize, and experiment with the sensory power of the drone and its scopic regimes.

Recent Publications by Kathrin Maurer:
“The Paradox of Immersion: Watching War in Nineteenth-Century Panoramas” in Visualizing War: Emotions, Technologies, Communities (Routledge, 2018, ed. by KM); Visualizing the Past: The Power of the Image in Nineteenth-Century Historicism (Walter de Gruyter, 2013). Her research interests are in visual culture, technology, discourses of war, representations of history, and German literature. She is also the leader of the research network “Drones and Aesthetics” sponsored by the Danish Research Council.

NOTICE: Join the D-IAS networking in the conference room right after the lecture. Snacks and beverages will be served.