Dr Sarah Tuck

Dr Sarah Tuck (BA English and Drama 1986, MA in Theatre 1989, PhD 2015) is a curator and researcher. Her research and practice is based within the area of socially engaged practice, curation and theory. Her work in this area has included leading CREATE, the national development agency for collaborative arts in Ireland, to the publishing and dissemination of ideas on the “public sphere”, agonism and the “curatorial” as a mode of enquiry, cultural production and critical research practice.


She is the author of After the Agreement – Contemporary Photography in Northern Ireland (Black Dog Publishing 2015) a curated research project which explores the affective meanings of images and the socio-political context of post Agreement.

She is currently a post-doctoral researcher in Photography and Human Rights with Valand Academy, Gothenburg University and the Hasselblad Foundation.


Drone Vision: Warfare, Surveillance and Protest

Characterising drone vision as an emerging asymmetric system of being seen and not seeing, the paper explores how drone vision is part of an expanded governmental surveillance of people, killing at a distance and an insurgent strategy of recognition, solidarity and affiliation across time and place.

Drawing on these multiple uses of drone technology the paper will present the curated research project Drone Vision, a collaborative initiative between the cities Gothenburg, Lahore and Nicosia – and present some preliminary thoughts on how drone technology might be used as an infrastructure of protest that re-orientates understandings of political culture and the theorisation of photography.

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