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The Taming of the Drone

by Chin-chin Yap

Drones are powerful instruments in the hands
of artists. How should they be regulated?

Graffiti artist KATSU’s drone painting, dronescape 3 (day), 2014, enamel on canvas, 121.9 x 152.4 cm, 

for the exhibition “Remember the Future” at The Hole, New York. Courtesy the artist and The Hole.

Flight, voyeurism and "playing God" are common, related human fantasies. All three are embodied in the idea of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), more commonly known as drones, which are defined by the International Civil Aviation Organization as…

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