Aerial Sculpture
“Franchise Freedom” is a performative artwork at the interface between technology, science, and art. Consisting of an autonomous flying swarm of drones, the piece exposes the tension between individual freedom and safety in numbers. The patterns appear random, the impression of the swarm reminds us of freedom, and there is tremendous beauty in watching the sudden decisions of thousands of individuals and their interactions. Studio Drift studied the natural flight patterns of starlings and translated them into software embedded into the drones. The parameters in the algorithm are choreographed, however the drones’ behaviours can never be predicted. “Franchise Freedom” is a collaboration between Lucas Oostrum and Studio Drift, with music by Joep Beving.