[spectre] ROBOTIC ARTS, INFLATABLE AESTHETICISM
director at eaf.asn.au
Fri Feb 24 05:48:44 CET 2006
EXPERIMENTAL ART FOUNDATION and the ADELAIDE BANK FESTIVAL OF ARTS 2006 present
ROBOTIC ARTS, INFLATABLE AESTHETICISM
Robotic Arts, Inflatable Aestheticism is a project comprising
exhibition, workshop, and presentations by Chico MaMurtrie, one of
the world's leading artists using robotic technologies.
Chico MacMurtrie - born in New Mexico and now residing in New York -
is the Artistic Director of Amorphic Robot Works (ARW). Formed in
1992, ARW is a group of artists, engineers and technicians working
together to create robotic performances and installations. Chico
MacMurtrie describes his vision, "The work is an ongoing endeavor to
uncover the primacy of movement and sound. Each machine is inspired
or influenced, both, by modern society, and what I physically
experience and sense. The whole of this input informs my ideas and
3 MARCH-8 APRIL INFLATABLE BODIES A NEW GENERATION OF ROBOTIC SCULPTURE
Since its establishment, Amorphic Robot Works has investigated the
nature of movement via the creation of multi-faceted
machine-sculptures that play and interact in their uniquely designed
environments. This artistic program has resulted in the creation of
more than 250 mechanical sculptures of varying size, that assume
anthropomorphic and abstract forms.
One of the hallmark aspects of ARW's work is its direct contact with
the audience. Rarely does the work appear on stage, behind ropes or
behind glass. As the audience for the work has grown in size, so has
the work itself. To make performances visible, and yet still
physically accessible to the audience, the work has been erected and
performed upon integrated sculptures of increasing height. A new
generation of permanent work from ARW will completely eliminate the
metal and thus, the physically and logistically cumbersome weight.
Humanoid forms will arise from high-tensile inflatable fabric
skeletons, formless until air inflates the bones. The possibilities
for range and kind of movement, are as broad as that for muscle and
bone, but with little of the mass. This new generation of interactive
performance sculpture from ARW allows not only for a broader
exhibition base, but an interesting new robotic form that does not
conform to the standard conception of either 'robotic' forms or the
existing understanding of kinetic sculpture.
3-19 March: 10-5 Daily; 21 March-8 April: 11-5 Tues-Fri; 2-5 Sat;
24 FEBRUARY-7 MARCH WORKSHOP THE CREATION OF ROBOTIC ARTS
The Robotic Arts Workshop will serve as a practical and theoretical
platform for the creation of new generations of robotic sculpture and
installation, developed by Chico MacMurtrie and Amorphic Robot Works.
The event will urge the creation of robotic arts by Australian
artists, as it provides hands-on exploration of robotic technologies.
Drawn from national registration, artists and robot makers will
assist in the building of the robotic structures for the exhibition.
24 February-7 March. Registrations closed.
6 & 7 MARCH FREE PRESENTATIONS
4-6pm Monday 6 March: Public lecture, Mercury Cinema, Lion Arts
Centre, 13 Morphett Street, Adelaide
10.30am-12.30pm Tuesday 7 March: Artists' Week panel discussion
"Emerging Fields" Elder Hall, University of Adelaide
A comprehensive catalogue with information about the project will be available.
Contact Experimental Art Foundation Director and Curator of ROBOTIC
ARTS, INFLATABLE AESTHETICISM: Melentie Pandilovski: +61 (0)8 8311
EXPERIMENTAL ART FOUNDATION curates its exhibition program to
represent new work that expands current debates and ideas in
contemporary visual art. The EAF incorporates a gallery space,
bookshop and artists studios.
Lion Arts Centre North Terrace at Morphett Street Adelaide * PO Box
8091 Station Arcade South Australia 5000 * Tel: +618 8211 7505 * Fax
+618 8211 7323 * eaf at eaf.asn.au * Bookshop: eafbooks at eaf.asn.au *
http://www.eaf.asn.au * Director: Melentie Pandilovski
The Experimental Art Foundation is assisted by the Commonwealth
Government through the Australia Council, it arts funding and
advisory body and by the South Australian Government through Arts SA.
The EAF is also supported through the Visual Arts and Craft Strategy,
an initiative of the Australian, State and Territory Governments.
More information about the SPECTRE