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The Robotic Church: Chico MacMurtrie’s site-specific installation of 50 com...
Sat 6 May 2017, 15:30 – 16:30 BST
The Robotic Church is a site-specific installation and performance series by Chico MacMurtrie/Amorphic Robot Works comprising 50 computer-controlled pneumatic sculptures. Created between 1987 and 2006 and installed in ARW’s studio, a former Norwegian Seamen’s Church in, Brooklyn, New York, these machines mesmerize with their percussive sounds and gestures. They express themselves through rhythm and body language, ranging from introspective solos to powerful ensembles erupting from different corners of the space. Rather than merely amplifying sound, the percussive machines are programmed to beat, strum, vibrate, spin, and otherwise play their own bodies to communicate in their own unique voice. Their syncopated outbursts of call-and-response evoke the origin of communication.