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The Five Drones – Cluster Festival 2023 | Brady Allard
June 2, 2023 - June 16, 2023Free
The Five Drones is presented by Cluster Festival and Video Pool Media Arts Centre.
Date: June 2nd – June 16th, 2023
Opening on June 2nd (6 pm – 10 pm)
Location: Poolside Gallery
Gallery hours: Thursday- Saturday (1-5 pm)
The Five Drones is an exploration of the concept of drones in modern society. The installation is inspired by the term drone–a continuous, low-pitched sound, and the various connotations of the word in popular culture. As I reflect on the world we live in, I am struck by the increasing reliance on AI and technology and the potential consequences this may have for humanity.
The installation itself is a manifestation of this exploration, consisting of five reverse avalanche oscillating drones placed in columns that tower over the subject. These drones represent the various implications of drones in modern society, from office workers to pilotless aircrafts, or autonomous weapons that have taken countless lives. I want this installation to challenge assumptions about the animal-kingdom operating solely on instinct. I sought to highlight the possibility of positive emotions in creatures we often perceive as mindless and invite the audience to consider their own servitude and conformity and to reflect on the potential outcomes of the uncritically conforming roles in our day-to-day lives.
The captive toiling robot’s movement is surveilled by a camera which is sent to software that is converted into MIDI data, which is again converted to a CV that affects the sound of the drones. The robot, unknowingly affecting its environment, drudging along with no clear purpose or end, serves as a reminder of the purposelessness of our lives under late-stage capitalism as we perform useless tasks by the billions while facing environmental and societal collapse.
As an artist, my philosophy is to inspire contemplation and reflection on the potential consequences of our actions, or rather lack thereof. I hope to encourage people to take an active role in shaping a better future for all, one that is rooted in empathy, creativity, and a deeper understanding of the world around us.
Brady Allard is a Métis composer and audio installation artist from Winnipeg, Manitoba. With influences spanning electronic music, composition, and experimental sound design, Brady creates immersive sonic environments that challenge music conventions.