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Artist's Catcopter Causes a Stir 360

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derekmead writes "I'm not sure that Dutch artist Bart Jansen had political commentary in mind when he created the Orvillecopter — combining a stuffed cat with a quadrotor, and naming it after Orville Wright — but indeed it's art, whose meaning will lie in the eye of the beholder. And for those that say stitching up a dead animal around the guts of a helicopter and flying it around is 'sick,' what of the massive drone industry, which, more than just producing a symbol, actually is creating flying death?"
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Artist's Catcopter Causes a Stir

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  • by br0ked (2629951) on Monday June 04, 2012 @03:00PM (#40211935)
    So of the people that are complaining, how many wear a leather belt, jacket or shoes?? For the record I think this is pretty cool and hope when I did they make me into a drone and fly me over all of my ex's houses on a regular basis....
  • by X0563511 (793323) on Monday June 04, 2012 @03:00PM (#40211939) Homepage Journal

    Looks heavy, but it does bring up a question:

    Why is it that these UAVs are always naked? Why not build a very simple lightweight frame to stretch some nylon over or something? Give it some kind of a flashy skin.

    Do it right and it might help flight in moving air (since the air would just pass around, instead of pushing against the components)

    • Re:heavy (Score:4, Informative)

      by QuasiSteve (2042606) on Monday June 04, 2012 @03:05PM (#40212025)

      Why is it that these UAVs are always naked?

      Because in general you want to avoid putting on extra unneeded weight.

      Do it right and it might help flight in moving air (since the air would just pass around, instead of pushing against the components)

      The airstream from the rotors itself already hits barely anything (i.e. the struts). I'd guess you could get some better airflow depending on the shape of those struts, but adding a skin between the struts wouldn't help much..in fact, it would make it easier for the wind to 'catch' it.

      Toy quadcopters that you can get off-the-shelf for cheap (but usually have poor gyros and are too small to handle themselves in even a slight breeze) do typically have more of a a body, though.

    • This would definitely make a confusing enough drone to nonplus those terrorists enough to delay their actions for some time. I'm sure as hell would stare at this thing slack-jawed for a bit in the absence of any relevant context as to what I'm staring at.
  • by eagee (1308589) on Monday June 04, 2012 @03:01PM (#40211947)
    Is cat-copter adorable, or disturbing?
    • Lord help me, as much as I love my kitty, even I had to LOL at this.

      I think it's the expression on the helicat's face more than anything else.

    • by Anonymous Coward on Monday June 04, 2012 @03:23PM (#40212295)

      Extermely disturbing to birds. To cats, the stuff of dreams.

    • I actually brought this up at lunch today and all of my coworkers were very much in the "disturbing" camp. I was surprised since I find it rather interesting. I guess I really am that weird.

    • Re:I can't decide... (Score:4, Informative)

      by Megane (129182) on Monday June 04, 2012 @03:38PM (#40212511) Homepage
      It's adorasturbing. I think it's important to know that the cat died a natural death and that the decision was made afterward. Now the cat can continue to chase birds after death. And the determined look on its face is rather awesome.
    • I'm vegan and I find this thing hilarious.

  • A flying zombie kitty?

    Does it spew guns from it's mouth while giving out helpful life advice?
  • by operagost (62405) on Monday June 04, 2012 @03:01PM (#40211969) Homepage Journal
    I guess there are now 102 uses for a dead cat.
  • by smooth wombat (796938) on Monday June 04, 2012 @03:02PM (#40211983) Homepage Journal
    that of the massive drone industry, which, more than just producing a symbol, actually is creating flying death?"

    There is a clear and distinct difference between using a dead animal as a work of art (which is pushing the limit of what art really is) and using man-made tools to go after people who have expressed in both word and deed they want to kill us.

    Post the article, leave out the commentary. Or would you prefer when articles are posted about government science research, commentary regarding how this only feeds the beast be included?
    • by MrEricSir (398214) on Monday June 04, 2012 @03:08PM (#40212077) Homepage

      The commentary IS the art. To leave out the commentary would be to miss the entire point.

      • The commentary IS the art. To leave out the commentary would be to miss the entire point.

        Um, no. The commentary in this case was the second hand blog article - which starts speaking of drones, kill lists, etc - and not the original artist's commentary as far as I know. (Though someone who speaks Dutch could confirm it.)

    • There is a clear and distinct difference between using a dead animal as a work of art (which is pushing the limit of what art really is) and using man-made tools to go after people who have expressed in both word and deed they want to kill us.

      Yeah. One of those things is legal. The other is not.

    • by Arker (91948) on Monday June 04, 2012 @03:41PM (#40212545) Homepage

      using man-made tools to go after people who have expressed in both word and deed they want to kill us.

      You mean people like Tariq Aziz and his 12 year old cousin? There is no evidence that they expressed any such wish at any point. Wouldnt be surprising if their families feel that way now, though.

  • Respect (Score:4, Insightful)

    by Anonymous Coward on Monday June 04, 2012 @03:05PM (#40212033)

    It is not very respectful to take a dead animal and put it on a quadcopter.

    Its a lot more respectful to put the thing in the dirt where you may potentially drive over it time and time again. I mean, thats how it died and I am sure it died doing what it loved.

    Its freaking dead. For all I care he catapulted it into the moon. Its not like he killed it to make his quadcopter skin. People are fucking retarded.

  • by Beeftopia (1846720) on Monday June 04, 2012 @03:05PM (#40212035)

    They're up there, occasionally letting loose a missile, sending video back to operators. Does that provide any benefit to friendlies?

    Remember - all actions are viewed FROM a perspective, and WITHIN a context. Dropping the atomic bomb on Japan, from the perspective of allied troops girding for the invasion of the Japanese mainland, and viewed within the context of the greater wold war swirling about them, was a great idea. From the perspective of the Emperor, it was a terrible idea. From the perspective of the Japanese citizens about to be incinerated and crushed, it was a terrible idea.

    Perspective and context. Always necessary to take into account when analyzing an action.

    • by ravenshrike (808508) on Monday June 04, 2012 @03:11PM (#40212127)

      From the perspective of all the Japanese citizens that survived vs would have been killed in the course of invasion or even just a sustained firebombing campaign over all of Japan's major cities. the nukes were also a good idea.

  • "And for those that say stitching up a dead animal around the guts of a helicopter and flying it around is 'sick'" -- yes, it is.
    "...what of the massive drone industry, which, more than just producing a symbol, actually is creating flying death?" --- that's sick as well.

  • Hilarious (Score:5, Funny)

    by ifrag (984323) on Monday June 04, 2012 @03:09PM (#40212103)

    Almost had to LOL just looking at the pictures. This idea is great, he should make an entire series of dead animal RC vehicles. And then have some kind of epic death match crashing them into each other.

    • This idea is great, he should make an entire series of dead animal RC vehicles... then have some kind of epic death match crashing them into each other.

      Not sure the term 'deathmatch' would apply... then again, that may be the most appropriate usage of the term ever.

      Of all time.

    • by tom17 (659054)

      By the way, I am a cat lover, not a hater, but I loved that book as a kid.

      As such, I am as of yet undecided if this catricopter is good or bad...

  • Did the artist himself say anything about growth in drone technology and usage? It seems to me that motherboard/vice is using the "art is in the eye of the beholder" as a broad excuse to connect the two. Well, Jackson Pollock paintings look like coleslaw to me, so maybe I too can base a polemic on our modern obsession with health foods and fad diets around that observation?

  • by Anonymous Coward on Monday June 04, 2012 @03:17PM (#40212199)

    I know he was going for tying in the outrage of the cat with the flying drone thing, but he missed a brilliant opportunity to use a small pig instead.

  • by judoguy (534886) on Monday June 04, 2012 @03:20PM (#40212243) Homepage
    ... is fly this thing around, meaning above, a dog kennel. Every dog who has terrorized a cat will panic big time. The rest will go nuts trying to leap up high enough to get the damn flying kittie.
  • by NoNonAlphaCharsHere (2201864) on Monday June 04, 2012 @03:25PM (#40212333)
    I CAN HAS LANDING CLEERANS?
  • Dreadful!
    Nonetheless I'd like to do the same to mr. Bart!

  • by 3seas (184403) on Monday June 04, 2012 @03:36PM (#40212469) Journal

    ...what happened to Schrodinger's cat

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HB7KAoPl3Xg [youtube.com]
    More interesting then a quad-copter, I think.

  • by liquidsin (398151) on Monday June 04, 2012 @03:44PM (#40212595) Homepage

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2154283/Cats-away-Artist-turns-dead-pet-flying-helicopter-killed-car.html?ITO=1490 [dailymail.co.uk]

    this isn't some mad scientist-type murdering strays to build controversial art. this is an artist who taxidermied his pet after it was hit and killed by a car. the cat was already named 'orville' and the artist thought it befitting to send his pet to play with the birds it so loved in life. the article posted with the /. story tells none of the real info and offers only inflammatory and barely-relevant commentary.

  • Lame, I would have thought it was pretty funny. Then again I enjoy things like this: Clip from GMOD Idiot Box #2 [youtube.com]
  • by eagee (1308589) on Monday June 04, 2012 @03:49PM (#40212649)
    This is way, way cooler than being buried in the ground or cremated. I totally want this to happen to me when I'm dead. Sure, it's a little tacky, but having an afterlife as a helicopter sounds awesome! (and way cooler than being embalmed so I can sit under six feet of dirt in a fancy box)
  • Wow, your Kentucky Fried Cat gets flown to you, and you get to keep the delivery vehicle as a toy! Now that is innovation!

  • I always said cats were evil, and now they've got themselves an air force!

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