Cloud MQ-9 by Nicholas Sagan

Cloud MQ-9 by Nicholas Sagan

As part of my HATCH Projects Residency in 2012-13 I made it a goal to generate new work. Not just explorations of familiar topics, which was bound to occur, but the complete investment in a totally new line of inquiry. In particular I had been interested in the public conversation of UAV, or drone, warfare. As complex a topic as it is, I chose to address certain aspects: general perception as well as what it means for surveillance tactics and technology, a portending of a particular existential state, or even as an extension of my hobby practice of scale modeling. The Fountains Foundation 916 provides yet another opportunity to explore this topic through one of the many facets it presents. Continuing on with modern aviation nomenclature many UAV’s are dubbed with bird-of-prey names, such as “Global Hawk” and even simply “Hunter”, “Predator” and “Reaper”. More recently there has been a Naval-based UAV (yet to be named) that exhibits a startling amount of autonomy, enough to land itself on an aircraft carrier (one of the most difficult maneuvers for trained pilots). With this there is a direct correlation to the event of animals approaching and resting at watering holes. Hence, the swarm of drones drifting over this watering hole, much like predators stalking prey or even vultures circling awaiting in anticipation for leftovers. Drink up.

-Nicholas Sagan

Click above to watch an Interview with Sagan about Cloud MQ-9

Click above to watch an Interview with Sagan about Cloud MQ-9


Through interdisciplinary, new media and traditional art-making processes, Nicholas Sagan’s work explores the connections, parallels and paradoxes that exist between art, science, technology and culture.  Since graduating from the Interdisciplinary Arts and Media Department at Columbia College in 2011 he has been teaching in the Film, Video, New Media and Animation Department at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, was a HATCH Projects Artist-in-Residence in 2013, has shown at various galleries/locations around Chicago, and is preparing for new video work debuting at MANA Contemporary as part of the Eye and Ear Clinic in April.

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