Painted by Drones

Ruben Baart
October 10th 2016

After graffiti drones in 2014, German aerial-photography group Cooper Copter is exploring “vandalism 2.0” with drones that throw paint bombs after Reeperbahn Festival invited the collective to develop a performance. The so-called Pollockocopter horizontally fires paint bombs at an enormous screen at a speed of 30 km/h and mimics the action-painting technique of Jackson Pollock, while simultaneously creating something new.

Inspired by Max Ernst, American painter Jackson Pollock created his first drip painting in 1947, and was named "Jack the Dripper" by Time Magazine in 1956. Sixty years after, drones are emulating his avant-garde technique, paving the way for a technologically embedded future into the world of art.

Earlier this year, a “new” Rembrandt was unveiled in Amsterdam. The artwork was not painted by Rembrandt himself, a 3D printer created it. Dubbed "The Next Rembrandt", the portrait is the product of 18 months analysis of 346 paintings and 150 gigabytes of digitally rendered graphics. With 13 layers of ink, the final work consists in more than 148 million pixels based on 168.263 painting fragments from Rembrandt’s oeuvre, leaving us perplexed about its uncanny results.

Source: Cooper Copter

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