THE CITY FROM BEYOND: An ethnographic, action-based approach to drones, telepresence and the tourist gaze.

Lewis Oliver James Wallace

Studenteropgave: Speciale


The arrival and diffusion of commercial drones has introduced yet another “telepresence” technology into people’ everyday lives. And seemingly enabled to “leave the body”, people are more than ever seeking “non-bodily” presence in spaces otherwise unreachable to man. Applying a post-phenomenological and ethnographic action-based approach to real-world conditions of telepresence and telecommunications technology, I look at drones to be a new human-technological mode of experiencing the world, studying in particular the processes of perception in the adoption of drones in tourism practices (city sightseeing by drone). In turn, I introduce the concepts of “self-gazing” and synthesized space, through which, I argue for the importance of emphasising “Telepresence” as a personal abstraction fostered in the nexus of embodied and re-embodied domains, as well as highlight the design and consumption of presence-technologies to be associated with a presence agenda.

UddannelserSpatial Design and Society, (Bachelor/kandidatuddannelse) Kandidat
Antal sider112
VejledereMikkel Bille