Learning to Write with Remote Control
Using long exposures and a flying drone with a single light attached, I draw letters at an architectural scale, allowing the wavering movements dictated by uncertain GPS signals and environmental factors to add personality to the forms. As more letters get created they will be used to form words, and perhaps one day the drone will learn to speak in sentences like a wireless Ouija board.
Lee Montgomery is an Assistant Professor of Electronic Art in the Department of Art and Art History at the University of New Mexico where he has served as the Director of the International Collaborative Arts Program which he established in 2011.
He has a B.A. in Film from Bard College, and an MFA in New Genres from the San Francisco Art Institute. He has had numerous shows and residencies in the US and internationally with the collaborative Neighborhood Public Radio(NPR) which he founded in 2004. NPR has participated in residencies, performances and exhibitions internationally and at prestigious institutions in the United States including the Los Angeles MOCA and the 2008 Whitney Biennial.
Lee continues to work on collaborative projects where he frequently includes his students, such as “Albuquerque-Oslo Hole in Space” where he worked with students in Oslo at the Oslo National Academy of the Arts and in Albuquerque to create a live networked video performance using Skype, or “Constellations of the City” a drone based project that was included in 516 Arts’ “Heart of the City” show in Albuquerque/
Lee’s other solo projects feature experiments with circuit bending, drone flying and construction, and various forms of wireless transmission.