Published on Dec 14, 2016

Drone Methodologies: Bodies, Senses and Verticality
Bradley Garrett

In recent urban research, scholars have turned their attention to vertical structures and infrastructures. However, where vertical architectures have become sites of discussion as a result, little has been written about how consumer and prosumer drone (unnamed aerial vehicle) technologies are altering structures of access, supply, knowledge and power, broadly conceived, despite the fact that according to the webzine Drone Life more than one million drones were sold worldwide in 2015 alone. This talk will focus on how new aerial sensing technologies are reconfiguring structures in experiential, legal, commercial, social and political demesnes. Through a post-phenomenological lens, I seek to better understand how architectures are systematised around a set of assumptions about what bodies are capable of and how drones, as extra-sensory appendages, destabilize those structures. Capacities to act through the drone are clearly outstripping our capacities to think about what they are capable of, creating improbable socio-technological turmoil, all of which remains undertheorized.

We investigate how people experience the digital in everyday life, By researching from the ground up we bring fresh insight to a constantly changing world. The Digital Ethnography Research Centre DERC focuses on understanding a contemporary world where digital and mobile technologies are increasingly inextricable from the environments and relationships in which everyday life plays out. DERC excels in both academic scholarship and in our applied work with external partners from industry and other sectors.
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