3 July 2017

KU-IGN is part of a new Network for Research on Drones and Aesthetics granted by the Danish Research Council DFF/FKK

Network for Research on Drones. Understanding Drones through Aesthetics is a collaboration between SDU, KU-IGN, KU-HUM, AU, AAU, CBS and an international advisory board consisting of University of Bergen, Norway Simon Fraser University, Canada, Vrije University Bruxelles and Goldsmiths University of London, UK. SDU are hosting the network and the core group will have their first meeting in August/September. KU-IGN Assistant professor, landscape architect MAA, MDL Rikke Munck Petersen is a core group member. Her current drone research focus is how drone filming can work as a affectivity mediator in large scale planning, which probed a sensory, affective and thus human and ethical reactivation of planning.

As research activities on drone technology and aesthetics are scattered in Denmark, this network intends to facilitate cooperation and make such research internationally competitive. The aim is to analyze aesthetic representations of both civilian and military drone technology in literature, popular culture, art, film, and architecture, which in turn enables us to attain knowledge about drone technology’s implications for human beings. The network have got DKK 668.160,00 Danish Kroner to organize lectures, workshops and conferences and will be the foundation for the network members to pursue individual and common research interests, collaborations, as well publications (etc.). The network will provide the groundwork for a larger research application (DFF, Velux, ERC or Innovationsfonden). For more information contact Rikke Munck Petersen, rmpe@ign.ku.dk

Core Group in Denmark

•  Kathrin Maurer (SDU) – drones in literature (aesthetics)
•  Søren Bro Pold (AU) – digital media (aesthetics)
•  Kristin Eva Albrechtsen Veel (KU) – surveillance and big data (aesthetics)
•  Steen Ledet Christiansen (AAU) – media studies, emotion theory, drones and film (emotions)
•  Robin Kok (SDU) – psychology and trauma theory (emotions)
•  Andreas Immanuel Graae (SDU) – drones in art and popular culture (emotions)
•  Stig Børsen Hansen (SDU) – ethics and philosophy of technology (communities)
•  Rikke Munck Petersen (KU) – sensory-aesthetic experience, architecture, landscape (communities)
•  Anna Leander (CBS) –  political science and sociology of technology (communities)

International Advisory Board

•  Astrid Gynnild, Professor of Journalism and Media Studies, University of Bergen, Norway
•  Claudette Lauzon, Assistant Professor of Visual Culture, Simon Fraser University, Canada
•  Katarzyna Ruchel-Stockmans, Associate Professor of Art History, Vrije University Bruxelles
•  Susan Schuppli, Senior Lecturer for Visual Cultures+Artist, Goldsmiths University of London, UK