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.