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    Airbourne Inscription: writing with drones

    Electronic Visualisation and the Arts (EVA 2018)

    London, UK, 9 - 13 July 2018


    Richard Carter



    This paper will detail the technical and conceptual aspects behind a developing art project entitled Waveform. This project draws together the technologies of airborne drones, digital image analysis, and automatic text generation to investigate how the observable world is represented through digital sensors-a key issue in the monitoring and depiction of ecological and climactic change. Specifically, the project involves capturing airborne images of coastal shorelines, mapping and analysing the outlines of incoming waves, and then incorporating the resulting data into the generation of text resembling free-verse poetry.

    The process is not autonomous, and is subject to human intervention at each stage, with the generated poems being curated to engage themes concerning coast, a changing climate, and scientific knowledge-making. The intention is that the process and its outputs can provide a vehicle for deconstructing the remoteness often associated with the aerial perspective-with its connotations of erasing the ambiguities and nuances of the lived experience of a given environment in favour of the absolute and the abstract. In this regard, Waveform is presented as a practical instance of how of airborne imaging and digital sensing might be recast in ways that can resist the prevailing discourses of precision, omniscience, and control that so readily attach to them.


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