Chico MacMurtrie/Amorphic Robot Works. Organic Arches (Time Traveler), 2014/2017. High tensile fabric, electric valves, Arduino, Raspberry Pi, Computer. Photo by Nikolay Maslov, courtesy of UCR ARTS.Read More
Chico MacMurtrie/Amorphic Robot Works will present for the first time in New York his inflatable robotic installation Hexagons at the Bronx Museum of the Arts. Suspended from the ceiling and arranged in the form of a cluster or cloud formation, Hexagons is composed of six sets of urchin-shaped robotic muscles. Visitors are invited to experience Hexagons from a lying-down position, on the Hexabed, looking upward, in a state of relaxation. From this perspective, the slow movements and airflow through the Hexagons, like breathing, becomes a metaphor for the inner workings of our bodies and all life forms, a dance of nature infused with technology.
Curated by Gerardo Mosquera, the exhibition Useless: Machines for Dreaming, Thinking and Seeing will feature a selection of curious machines created by artists with the goal of stirring dreams, feelings, critical thinking, and ironies; for seeing what microscopes, telescopes and cartographies cannot show; for flying without taking-off; in short, for doing the impossible.
It has been a long tradition among philosophers and writers to praise uselessness as a means to stress the importance of spiritual activities and creations without clear functional aims. To praise inutility, thus, has been a reaction to the materialistic values promoted by capitalist society, which has been criticized for its lack of moral and spiritual values.
Artists included in the show: Jairo Alfonso, Wim Delvoye, Juan Downey, Peter Fischli & David Weiss, Algis Griskevicius, Shih Chieh Huang, José Iraola, William Kentridge, Chico MacMurtrie, Stefana McClure, Arnaldo Morales, Roxy Paine, Fernando Sánchez Castillo, Shyu Ruey-Shiann, Adriana Salazar, Johanna Unzueta, and Simón Vega.
Opening Reception, Wednesday, March 27th from 6 - 8 P.M.
Exhibition through Sept. 1st, 2019
Bronx Museum of the Arts
1040 Grand Concourse
Bronx, New York 10456
B or D train to 167 St. Walk south two blocks.
4, B or D TRAINS to the 161 STREET/YANKEE STADIUM STATION. Walk east three blocks to the Grand Concourse, then, walk north four blocks along Grand Concourse to 165th St.
MacMurtrie/ARW will activate their first Border Crosser in the context of the exhibition “Making the Black Box Speak” at Muffatwerk in Munich. Curated by Gerald Nestler, Sylvia Eckermann und Dietmar Lupfer, this show features an international network of artists, scientists and activists, including but not limited to: Ubermorgen.com; Shell Punks; Peng! Collective; Tactical Technology Collective; Ibaaku; Chico MacMurtrie; Michael Saup; who work at the intersection of performance, media art, music and political activism. They investigate the forces of division currently impacting society and the core of social consensus. The show presents different strategies designed to subvert a techno-capitalism that fuels conflicts over national and cultural identity while annihilating critical thinking.
Muffatwerk, Zellstrasse 4, Munich
Fr 2nd Nov 19h - 24h
Sat 3rd Nov 13h - 23h
Sun 4th Nov 11h -18h
For more info please visit: https://www.muffatwerk.de/blackbox
MacMurtrie’s Border Crossers propose a radically peaceful intervention at international borders where reconciliation is thought to be impossible. These inflatable sculptures would rise up to several stories high and extend across a given threshold. Their choreographed performance, originating on both sides of the border, would stage a symbolic connection.
In February 2018, MacMurtrie was a visiting artist at the U-M Institute for the Humanities. The residency and project was sponsored by the U-M Institute for the Humanities in collaboration with U-M Museum of Art, Michigan Robotics, Michigan Engineering, School of Information, Penny Stamps Speaker Series, Stamps School of Art and Design, and ArtsEngin.
The Border Crossers project is also supported by the University of Applied Arts (Die Angewandte) in Vienna where MacMurtrie is currently a teachning Artist in Residency.
ZHI Art Museum is pleased to present the exhibition Open, curated by Zhang GA, and co-presented by the Chronus Art Center, Shanghai, celebrating the long-awaited official inauguration of the museum. The exhibition brings to the public a highly idiosyncratic body of work by nine international artists: ZHANG Peili, Marnix De Nijs, Michael Joaquin Grey, Lawrence Malstaf, WANG Gongxing, Carsten Nicolai, WANG Yuyang and Chico MacMurtrie/Amorphic Robot Works. Their work accentuate the concept "open" as a form of initiation, a movement in which a new start gathers force and an unfolding which unleashes the force of potentiality. It evokes opening as an event that gets off the ground the pioneering undertaking ZHI museum aspires to accomplish.
Pneuma Fountain is Chico MacMurtrie/Amorphic Robot Works’ most recent inflatable robotic sculpture depicting organic transformation and movement at a monumental scale. Radiating from the center of the terrace prior to entering the museum, Pneuma Fountain consists of 8 translucent 4-meter-tall fabric arches that spring to life and change shape as they fill with air, rising up to the sky and curving back down again. They evoke streams of water in slow motion as they form an ephemeral circle 16 meters in diameter, emanating from a cylinder that houses the technological brain which uses software to interpolate and map the spatial coordinates and velocity of the sculpture’s movements. As the arches gradually release air, their crisp architectural forms yield to seemingly chaotic coils and other configurations that reflect their built-in kinetic “memory” and suggest another, more organic order. Pneuma Fountain’s continuous metamorphosis is designed to engage and transform the space around it. The work manifestly captures and anticipates the unfolding theme of open as a contemplative experience of movement, air, light and architecture.
ZHI Art Museum
No.1 Junshan Road,
Xinjin County, Chengdu City
In February, Students across campus at the U-M, University of Michigan — from LSA, Engineering, Art and Design, and Information — will work with visiting artist Chico MacMurtrie during winter semester 2018 planning, building, and launching a 40-foot tall Border Crosser. MacMurtrie and the students will launch the robotic sculpture during two "performances" and MacMurtrie will give a special Penny W. Stamps Lecture. The gallery exhibition will include large-scale drawings which serve as plans and maps for MacMurtrie's visionary Border Crossers. Life-size robotic models will also be presented in the exhibition in conversation with the drawings. The models, built by the all-student team with MacMurtrie's guidance, are prototypes for the project, offering preliminary steps in the workshop and the process towards realizing the large scale robotic sculpture.
Visiting artist Chico MacMurtrie's residency and project is sponsored by the U-M Institute for the Humanities in collaboration with U-M Museum of Art, Michigan Robotics, Michigan Engineering, School of Information, Penny Stamps Speaker Series, Stamps School of Art and Design, and ArtsEngin.
Friday, February 16, 2018
9:00 AM-5:00 PM
Institute for the Humanities Gallery
202 S. Thayer
Ann Arbor, MI
UCR ARTSblock presents Mundos Alternos: Art and Science Fiction in the Americas featuring Organic Arches, an inflatable robotic installation by Chico MacMurtrie/ARW. A wide-ranging survey exhibition, it brings together contemporary artists from across the Americas who have tapped into science fiction’s capacity to imagine new realities, both utopian and dystopian. Science fiction offers a unique artistic landscape in which to explore the colonial enterprise that shaped the Americas and to present alternative perspectives speculating on the past and the future.
Mundos Alternos is part of Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA, a far-reaching and ambitious exploration of Latin American and Latino art in dialogue with Los Angeles, taking place from September 2017 through January 2018 at more than 70 cultural institutions from Santa Barbara to San Diego, and from Los Angeles to Palm Springs. Pacific Standard Time is an initiative of the Getty.
In May 2016, Chico MacMurtrie was awarded the Guggenheim Fellowship in Fine Arts. During the official Guggenheim Fellowship period in 2017, MacMurtrie/ARW will dedicate their efforts to the development of the Border Crossers project.Read More
Please check out this stunning video created by Neue House’s very talented Brian Zabka, and Ryan Commins during NeueHouse’s studio visit with Chico MacMurtrie/Amorphic Robot Works.Read More