7 drone projects about art

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1. Cirque du Soleil: SPARKED

Technology or magic? Well, Arthur C. Clarke prophesied that “any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic”. This idea lies beneath the amazing show “Sparked”, designed by the Cirque du Soleil in collaboration with ETH Zurich and Verity Studios, in which music, light and magic meet to carry us into a world of fantasy.

1. Cirque du Soleil: SPARKED

Technology or magic? Well, Arthur C. Clarke prophesied that “any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic”. This idea lies beneath the amazing show “Sparked”, designed by the Cirque du Soleil in collaboration with ETH Zurich and Verity Studios, in which music, light and magic meet to carry us into a world of fantasy.



2. From drone to orchestral musician

To this day, we still haven’t seen any machine capable of writing music. What they can do is to play it and to perform it, and multicopters couldn’t stay behind. Two big projects prove it. The first one took place on February 2012, at the University of Pennsylvania, where Daniel Mellinger, Alex Kushleyev and Vijay Kumar achieved for the first time a group of 10 multicopters to fly coordinately and to generate music.



Two years later, the KMel Robotics team, founded by some of the same students, developed a similar project in which they improved the flight coordination and smoothness, and therefore achieved to manage a wider variety of instruments. They presented their work at the USA Science Festival 2014



3. When the drone becomes the instrument

In 1965, John Cale founded, along with Lou Reed, The Velvet Underground, an avant-garde rock group mentored by Andy Warhol himself. During its existence, the group achieved little commercial success. It was not until years later that its real value was recognized, and The Velvet Underground was accepted as a ground breaking band of alternative rock, that had a tremendous influence over other bands that did achieve great success.


Nearly 50 years later, in 2014, restless John Cale did again an avant-garde move and could have done something similar: two concerts at the Barbican Theatre in London, where several vocals and instruments were performed by drones flying over the audience’s heads. But not only that: the length of the songs was adapted to the length of the drone’s batteries, and the drones, as if they were musicians or actors, had a costume designer that granted them with a friendly look. Meanwhile, John Cale was running the show from the stage.



4. The dancing drones

Another project with flying drones is “Sky Magic Live at Mt.Fuji”, where the company MicroAd equipped 20 quadcopters with hundreds of LEDs each, a total of 16.500 lights in the air, which combined with a music that mixed Japanese tradition and modern rhythms, offered an amazing visual show at the foot of Mount Fuji, a spot where the experience improved even more.


Sky Magic Live at Mt.Fuji : Drone Ballet Show by MicroAd, Inc. from Sky Magic on Vimeo.


5. 100 drones imitating fireworks

No! 20 are not enough! In a perfect balance between aiming to break a new world record and to jaw-drop the world for the beauty of the performance, Intel, in collaboration with Ars Electronica Futurelab, has achieved to control an impressive and daunting cloud of 100 synchronized drones.



6. Magic mirror on the sky, who is the fairest that can fly

If you think lights are always the same, and you believe that adding lights to a drone is piece of cake, there is another option: to add mirrors and to reflect lasers. Saatchi & Saatchi has performed a beautiful show where 16 drones are perfectly coordinated with lasers with mobile heads, which was presented at the Marshmallow Laser Feast.


Meet Your Creator – Excerpt from Marshmallow Laser Feast on Vimeo.


7.“Gangsta” drone by G-ROUGH

But it’s not all about music, lights and dancing. We cannot forget paintwork, or in this case, graffiti, the urban art that seeks to evolve and to reach the world’s impossible walls. The Israeli project DrawnKnight – Drone, Graffiti & Street Artnos has surprised us all by adapting a multirotor to carry different sprays and to reach the most inaccessible walls.



AIRK helps you:

Having all this adaptability in mind, AIRK FireClouds integrates anchorage areas both in the arms and in the lower and upper part of the chassis allowing services companies and creative people to adapt them to every conceivable project.

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