A History of Unmanned Flight, 2001
single channel video with sound, black and white.
3 min. 10 sec.
A History of Unmanned Flight contrasts images of the seemingly effortless flight of birds and insects, with a narrated chronicle of humans failed attempts at flight. This often fatal experimental tendency culminated with the work of the Wright Brothers, ending a sometimes comical emulation of a bird's physical mechanisms of flight by humans. Quasi scientific methods of image analysis are suggested, questioning if the secrets of flight can be distilled from the videotaped observations of birds.