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SXSW 2018

Breaking the 4th Wall: Drone Swarms in Art

Drones are increasingly becoming our eyes and ears in the world, where they are proving indispensable tools in several industries. But what if drones ceased to be the medium and instead became the message? A handful of artists, designers, and engineers thus put arrays of drones, or synthetic swarms, on stage, performing in unison with human performers and all forms of stage technology. The unusual advantage? A completely untethered act, evoking powerful and unbeknown emotions among spectators.

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  1. Which emergent technologies have enabled the passage of drone swarm technology into the performing arts?
  2. What are the main challenges when creating a theatrical drone swarm performance?
  3. How is the art of drone swarm performance evolving and where is it leading?



Philippe Labouchere, Project Leader for Innovation, Swissnex Boston

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  • Event: SXSW
  • Format: Panel
  • Track: Design
  • Level: Advanced
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