Artist Talk - Digitale Kunst: Chico MacMurtrie/Amorphic Robot Works (ARW)

Into the Soft Machine

This talk will trace the evolution of MacMurtrie’s kinetic sculptures and robotic “soft machines”, and recount his creative journey and process of constant reinvention, experimentation and refinement.
Today MacMurtrie/ARW are widely recognized for their innovative“Inflatable Architectural Bodies” series. Designed and built atincreasingly large scales, these “inflatable bodies” or “softmachines”, inflate and deflate through an articulated series ofmovements exploring the underlying essence of organic and nonorganic bodies.

After the talk at 4pm Chico MacMurtrie will present his robotic work „Border Crosser“ in action at the Atrium of the University of Applied Arts Vienna, Vordere Zollamtsstraße 7, 1010 Wien !

For the last 30 years, Chico MacMurtrie has created metaphors with machinesexploring the intersection of robotic sculpture, new media installation and performance. MacMurtrie and Amorphic Robot Works (ARW), an interdisciplinary collective he founded in 1991, have receivednumerous awards for their experimental new media artworks,including five grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, theAndy Warhol Foundation Grant, the Rockefeller FoundationFellowship, VIDA Life 11.0 and Prix Ars Electronica. Chico MacMurtrie was awarded the Guggenheim Fellowship in 2016.MacMurtrie/ARW’s works have been presented in major museums and venues around the world including the National Art Museum of China(NAMOC), Beijing; Hayward Gallery, London; Museo de la Reina Sofia,Madrid; Cité des Sciences et de l’Industrie, Paris; Museo Universitariode Arte Contemporá neo (MUAC), Mexico City; Pioneer Works,Brooklyn, NY; Shanghai Biennale; Tri Postal, Lille,(retrospectiveexhibition), Muffatwerk, Munich; Ex-Dogana, Rome and ZHI ArtMuseum, Chengdu. Upcoming exhibitions include: Mundos Alternos, Art and Science Fiction in the Americas, Queens Museum, New York in 2019.
photo by Nikolay Maslov, courtesy of UCR ARTS