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Beyond drone vision: the embodied telepresence of first-person-view drone flight


Jablonowski, Maximilian (2020). Beyond drone vision: the embodied telepresence of first-person-view drone flight. Senses and Society, 15(3):344-358.

Abstract

Drones, no matter whether military or civilian, have been widely theorized as a media technology. An important notion for conceptualizing the particular scopic regimes of drones has been “drone vision.” Recently, some scholars have suggested to shift the attention toward the “more-than-optical”, “more-than-visual” or “synesthetic” characteristics of drones. Drawing on a (post-)phenomenological reading of First Person View (FPV) drone flight, this article asks, firstly, how the “more-than” component in the notion “more-than-optical” emerges in the embodied actions and perceptions of amateur drone users, and secondly, how these experiences might be conceptualized. As a key concept for my reflection, I take up the notion of telepresence, which emerged in the discourse on remote control and teleoperation technologies and finally found its way as an artistic strategy and popular motif into our contemporary socio-technical imaginaries. This article suggests first steps toward an empirical and theoretical exploration of the heterogeneous technogene sensations of drones.

Abstract

Drones, no matter whether military or civilian, have been widely theorized as a media technology. An important notion for conceptualizing the particular scopic regimes of drones has been “drone vision.” Recently, some scholars have suggested to shift the attention toward the “more-than-optical”, “more-than-visual” or “synesthetic” characteristics of drones. Drawing on a (post-)phenomenological reading of First Person View (FPV) drone flight, this article asks, firstly, how the “more-than” component in the notion “more-than-optical” emerges in the embodied actions and perceptions of amateur drone users, and secondly, how these experiences might be conceptualized. As a key concept for my reflection, I take up the notion of telepresence, which emerged in the discourse on remote control and teleoperation technologies and finally found its way as an artistic strategy and popular motif into our contemporary socio-technical imaginaries. This article suggests first steps toward an empirical and theoretical exploration of the heterogeneous technogene sensations of drones.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:06 Faculty of Arts > Department of Social Anthropology and Cultural Studies
Dewey Decimal Classification:300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology
390 Customs, etiquette & folklore
Scopus Subject Areas:Social Sciences & Humanities > Cultural Studies
Social Sciences & Humanities > Communication
Uncontrolled Keywords:UAV, dronesconsumer, dronesrecreational, drone use, First-Person-View (FPV), remote controlremote, sensingtelepresence, embodiment
Language:English
Date:28 October 2020
Deposited On:25 Jan 2021 08:25
Last Modified:26 Jan 2021 21:00
Publisher:Berg Publishers
ISSN:1745-8927
OA Status:Closed
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1080/17458927.2020.1814571
Related URLs:https://swisscovery.slsp.ch/permalink/41SLSP_UZB/1t2kdiu/cdi_informaworld_taylorfrancis_310_1080_17458927_2020_1814571 (Library Catalogue)

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