The Robotic Church is a site specific installation and performance series from September 22 to October 27, 2013 (RSVP required to RoboticChurch@gmail.com), created by Chico MacMurtrie / Amorphic Robot Works in Brooklyn, NY.
The Robotic Church is composed of 35 computer-controlled pneumatic sculptures ranging in size from 12 inches to 15 feet. Installed in Chico MacMurtrie’s / ARW’s studio, a former Norwegian Seaman’s Church in Red Hook, Brooklyn, these robotic sculptures are capable of performing, individually or as a group, a defined range of sounds and movements at the onset of communication through rhythm. While responding to computer language, they are anthropopathic in nature and channel air to activate their inner biology. MacMurtrie/ARW started creating the first machines in the late 80s with figures like Tumbling Man, Drumming and Drawing Subhuman and Rock Thrower. The evolutionary path towards machines with more kinetic abilities has lead to the creation of a Society of Machines with their own language and expression. This evolution culminated in the creation of Skeletal Reflections in 2000, an autonomous humanoid machine, that performs art historical poses within a range of movements close to human expression.
MacMurtrie’s / ARW’s Society of Machine, having performed in different configurations, with up to 100 robots, throughout the United States, Latin America, Europe and Asia, will be presented for the first time in New York from September 22nd to October 27th, 2013 in the unique format of the Robotic Church. The sculptural aspect of the church building is augmented by an installation on multiple levels reflective of the way Saints are set up in a Chapel. The Robotic Church is an immersive visual and acoustic environment that poetically raises questions about the human condition, evolution and nature.
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