On the 22nd of July 2015 the Project Daedalus team were thrilled to open the doors to 200 guests at a showcase event of their Drone Arts Toolkit. The showcase was the culmination of a year long exploration of how drones can enrich arts and cultural experiences by Abandon Normal Devices (AND) in partnership with Marshmallow Laser Feast (MLF) and Salford University. Supported by Digital R&D Fund for the Arts the project considers drones in cultural contexts, creating a toolkit to empower arts organisations to deliver their own drone projects.
We welcomed a range of visitors from industry experts in drones, funders, artists, researchers, arts organisations and the general public. All those who came had the opportunity to talk to the team who realised the toolkit as well as see some of the work.
In one room were a range of virtual reality (VR) headsets, which contained sneak preview footage of the piece ‘In the Eyes of Animal.’ A project commissioned by AND as part of the September 2015 festival in Grizedale forest. The piece features augmented footage shot using a 360 filming rig suspended from a drone that was developed as part of Project Daedalus. Alongside the VR, visitors could also see large photographic prints from the 360 shoot in Grizedale forest.
As well as this, visitors had the chance to get up close and personal with some drones. A range of drones used in the project were on display along with information on how they were used in the project. Perhaps most excitingly, guests could also have a go at flying a nano drone in one of the rooms. Always a source of great excitement, many of the guests made their maiden flight at the showcase.
Finally, the toolkit itself was presented via a large screen, ipads with staff on hand to walk people through, and from a presentation of the key elements midway through the event by the team.
The event was a great success, with a fantastic turn out of people eager to start exploring the toolkit for themselves.