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Drone-Space Modulator, by Davis Schneiderman



Made up of technologies ranging from simple batteries to high-tech software, the drone is a complicated machine that’s captured our imagination in the twenty-first century. Both enemy and friend, it conjures the lethal accuracy of military-grade Predators and the quicksilver, toy-like cameras that capture breathtaking aerial shots.

I partnered with the local drone firm AeroVista Innovations to produce “Drone-Space Modulator” as The Muttering Sickness. The film is a nine-minute drone-shot film of my family playing under the thermal shadow of two drones. The film was shot at Highland Park’s Olsen Park, and is connected the Art Institute of Chicago’s exhibit “Moholy-Nagy: Future Present,” about groundbreaking Hungarian-American artist Lazlo Moholy-Nagy.


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Davis Schneiderman is a multimedia artist and writer and the author or editor of eight print and audio works, including the novels Drain, Abecedarium, and Blank; the co-edited collections Retaking the Universe: William S. Burroughs in the Age of Globalization and The Exquisite Corpse: Chance and Collaboration in Surrealism’s Parlor Game; as well as the audio-collage Memorials to Future Catastrophes. His first short story collection, there is no appropriate #emoji—with collaborations from Lance Olsen, Cris Mazza, Kelly Haramis, Stacy Levine, Tim Guthrie, Andi Olsen, and Megan Milks—will be released in Fall 2019.

His work has also appeared in numerous publications, including Fiction International, The Chicago Tribune, The Iowa Review, and TriQuarterly.

He is Krebs Provost and Dean of the Faculty at Lake Forest College.

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