Drone Plus

IOCOSE (2014) Drone +, digita video.

Drone+ is video documentation of a drone attempting to run a 100 meters race and recording its own activity through the mobile app Nike+. The drone has been running the same race for one month, producing data regarding its own speed, time and covered distance. However, while it successfully crossed the finishing line most of the time, it also sometimes failed. The reasons for its failure were mostly technical, or related to the weather conditions. Successful races occurred occasionally, but never showing signs of improvement.

Drone+ documents the presence of signs of life: unpredictable and imperfect results that are subject to the contingent and particular events emerging from being in contact with the environment and being composed of unstable (and cheap) materials. Bringing these activities to the fore, in a sense, creates a different if not opposed narrative to the instrumental and deterministic perspective replicated in contexts such as Wired magazine, and many others. While those narratives tend to consider the general and abstract use of drones, IOCOSE looks at the specific events of a drone’s life, as it happens day by day.

Video Shooting and editing: Matteo Sandrini



  • Different Eyes, Siegen, Germany


  • Iconomania, MAIF Social Club, Paris, France


  • Once Is Nothing: A Drone Art Exhibition, Inter Access, Toronto, Canada


  • Node 2015. Forum for digital Arts, Frankfurt, Germany
  • Media Art Festival, Centrale Montemartini, Roma, Italy
  • Internet Drones, Spazio ULTRA, Udine, Italy


  • Andrew Nunes (2014), Now Even Drones Are Taking Selfies, The Creators Project [English]
  • Priscilla Frank (2014), Imagine A World Where Drones Are So Bored They’re Taking Selfies, Huffington Post [English]
  • Anne Backhaus (2014), Selfies von Drohnen: Terrorjob erledigt, bin in der Bar, Spiegel [German]
  • Jordan G. Teicher (2014), What if Drones Stopped Going to War and Started Taking Selfies?, Wired [English]