Discussions

The drone integrates functions of a vehicle intended for destruction, razing urban communities and assassinating from the air, with those of a reconnaissance and artifactual tool which has resurrected interest in contaminated and exclusion zones inaccessible or dangerous for human intervention. Furthermore, it has exhibited its potential as a habitat builder, and proved its capabilities for land and real estate surveying, gathering data and visuals that are amenable for market-end purposes. This workshop thus hopes to inquire into the development and evolution of its multifarious character, and to chart out and invite questions about our ability to gauge its impacts on urban centers and to question how architecture may be subject to redesign due to the inception of this new technology. How does the drone, through its destructive, constructive and monitoring capabilities, transform urban space?

Round table participants:
Louis Armand is a writer, visual artist and critical theorist. Currently, he is the director of the Centre for Critical & Cultural Theory at Charles University, Prague. His books include Videology (2015), The Organ-Grinder’s Monkey (2013), Event States: Discourse, Time, Mediality (2007), Literate Technologies: Language, Cognition, Technicity (2006), Incendiary Devices: Discourses of the Other (2006), Solicitations: Essays on Criticism and Culture (2005), and Technē: James Joyce, Hypertext and Technology (2003), as well as several edited collections. He is a member of the editorial board of Rhizomes: Studies in Cultural Knowledge and founding editor of the online journal HJS (Hypermedia Joyce Studies) and of VLAK Magazine.

Vít Bohal graduated in Critical & Cultural Theory at Charles University. He is a member of the Prague-based Diffractions Collective which focuses on the topics of accelerationism, posthumanism, geophilosophy, and critical theory. His articles have appeared in magazines such as VLAK, VICE, A2, Word Addict, and Tvar, he is the co-editor of Reinventing Horizons (Prague 2016, with Dustin Breitling and Václav Janoščík) and Allegorithms (Prague 2017, with Dustin Breitling).

Dustin Breitling received MA in Geopolitics at Charles University in Prague. He is a member of the Diffractions Collective. He has curated Thanatropic Regressions (2014), an installation which focused on the implications of accelerationism approached through the theoretical prism of geo-philosophy, and has organized the Frontiers of Solitude project (2016). He is the co-editor of Reinventing Horizons (Prague 2016, with Vít Bohal and Václav Janoščík) and Allegorithms (Prague 2017, with Vít Bohal).

Casey Carr is a security theorist, currently working at Amazon, and a member of the Diffractions Collective. Carr graduated in International Conflict and Security at the University of Kent in Brussels. He studied at the University of New York in Prague, concentrating his course load on social and psychological aspects of disaster, conflict, and crisis. His research involves individual and collective radicalization processes, where his current work focuses on Islamic political activism and radicalization in Belgium. He writes on hybrid warfare, terrorism, complexity applied to warfare, and sci-fi.

Diffractions Collective emerged as a platform for critical discussion on art and algorithm in 2013, it has developed into a collective labouring at the intersection of accelerationist philosophy, technology, politics, semiotic economy, and conflict.

The discussion was a part of the exhibition Forensic Architecture: The Architecture of Conflict.

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