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Chicago Humanities Festival: Drones R Us

November 6, 2016
Rubloff Auditorium
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Made up of technologies ranging from simple batteries to high tech software, the drone is a complicated machine that has captured our imagination in the 21st century. Both enemy and friend, it conjures up the lethal accuracy of military grade Predators and the quick-silver, toy-like cameras that captures breathtaking aerial shots. Multi-media artist Davis Schneiderman, art historian Maggie Taft, and artist Mahwish Chishty talk about the many sides of drone technology.

Davis Schneiderman is a multimedia artist and writer. His novels include the DEAD/BOOKS trilogy—the blank novel BLANK, the plagiarized novel [SIC], and the ink-stained novel INK.—as well as the novel Drain. He is Associate Dean of the Faculty and Professor of English and at Lake Forest College.

Maggie Taft holds a PhD in Art History from the University of Chicago, where her dissertation “Making Danish Modern, 1945-1960” received the 2015 Dean’s Distinguished Dissertation Award in the Humanities. Her research on László Moholy-Nagy and the New Bauhaus in Chicago has been published in Chicago Makes Modern: How Creative Minds Changed Society and presented in lectures at the School of Visual Arts in New York, The Renaissance Society in Chicago, and the Illinois Institute of Technology as part of the 2009 Bauhaus Labs project. Her writings and reviews have appeared in many magazines and journals including ArtForum, The Point, Texte Zur Kunste, Design and Culture, and The Journal of Design History.

Initially trained as a miniature painter from the National College of Arts, Lahore, Pakistan, Mahwish Chishty  combines new media and conceptual work with her traditional practice. In 2015, Ms. Chishty was awarded residencies at Yaddo, Saratoga Springs, NY; Chicago Cultural Center, Chicago, IL; and Vermont Studio Center, Vermont, NY. And is invited to exhibit at Imperial War Museum in London, UK in Fall 2016. By camouflaging modern war machines with folk imagery, Ms. Chishty is shedding light on the complexity of acculturation, politics and power. Ms. Chishty is a full-time faculty at Kent State University in Ohio.

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