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Apr. 30, 2018 8:46 am

Drexel wants to teach artists how to drone

Drexel University's ExCITe Center is hosting a series of workshops to provide free hands-on experience with tech for artists and creators. First up: drones.
A clip from “The Machines,” a performance by Parsons Dance feat. Drexel drones.

A clip from “The Machines," a performance by Parsons Dance feat. Drexel drones.

(Courtesy video)

The smooth, buzzing flight path of a drone can be, as we’ve told you before, quite a sight.

At Drexel University’s ExCITe CEnter, this is known. It’s why the transdisciplinary research worked alongside the Parsons Dance company last year to create an enthralling dance performance called The Machines, where leaping dancers coordinated their movements with zooming drones hovering above the stage.

Now, as part of a free event series called Arts Capacitor Workshops, the center will look to train artists in emerging technologies. The first such workshop will focus on drones and will take place May 12 at Drexel’s campus.

“We are pleased to announce our inaugural Arts Capacitor Workshop, designed to provide hands-on experience with emerging technologies for the arts community,” Youngmoo Kim, director of the ExCITe Center, said in an email. “This free workshop is an opportunity for Philadelphia-based artists and arts organizations to explore novel ways of incorporating drones into their work.”

Apply by May 4

Here’s more zooming and leaping from The Machines:

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