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- Artist TalkChico MacMurtrie: Into the Soft MachineJan 10, 2019 14:00-15:30Digital Arts/University of Applied Arts ViennaHintere Zollamtsstraße 17, 1030 ViennaAbout the event...
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/Amorphic Robot Works are widely recognized for their innovative “Inflatable Architectural Bodies” series. Designed and built at increasingly large scales, these “inflatable bodies” or “soft machines”, inflate and deflate through an articulated series of movements exploring the underlying essence of organic and nonorganic bodies.
For the last 30 years, Chico MacMurtrie has created metaphors with machines exploring the intersection of robotic sculpture, new media installation and performance. MacMurtrie and Amorphic Robot Works (ARW), an interdisciplinary collective he founded in 1991, have received numerous awards for their experimental new media artworks, including five grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Andy Warhol Foundation Grant, the Rockefeller Foundation Fellowship, 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 Universitario de Arte Contemporá neo (MUAC), Mexico City; Pioneer Works, Brooklyn, NY; Shanghai Biennale; Tri Postal, Lille, (retrospective exhibition); Muffatwerk, Munich; Ex-Dogana, Rome and ZHI Art Museum, Chengdu. Upcoming exhibitions include: Mundos Alternos, Art and Science Fiction in the Americas, Queens Museum, New York in 2019.
Please notice: 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, 1030 Wien.LectureChico MacMurtrie & Robotic Sculpture Class: Site specific Research for Border Crosser ActionsDec 13, 2018 15:00University of Applied Arts Vienna, Seminar Room 21Vordere Zollamtsstraße 7, ViennaAbout the event...
As a resident artist and visiting professor at the Angewandte, MacMurtrie is currently conducting a robotic sculpture workshop bringing together a group of students from different departments. They are currently focused on building an inflatable “Border Crosser” while investigating several European borders as potential sites for Border Crossing performances.
The students will present their research and discuss with MacMurtrie the possibilities, challenges and site-specificity in relation to the Border Crossers project. The talk will conclude with an activation of the current “Border Crossers” prototype, which was built with his students from the Angewandte.SymposiumApplied Microperformativity : Live Arts for a Radical Socio-Economic TurnDec 12, 2018 - Dec 14, 2018Angewandte Innovation LabFanz-Josef-Kai 3, 1010 ViennaAbout the event...
Victoria Vesna takes part at the Symposium which is curated by Lucie Strecker, Klaus Spiess and Jens Hauser.
Symposium / Interventions / Exhibition in German and English
Further Information, detailed programme and registration: applied-microperformativity.net
How does the agency of genes or cell fragments, proteins or enzymes, bacteria and fungi relate to macroscopic dynamics of power in contemporary biopolitics? How can performance art and discourse inform these processes? What are the artistic methods to engage critically with technologies that exploit life on a microscopic and molecular level to merge bio- and digital media for extensive valuation?
‘Applied Microperformativity: Live Arts for a Radical Socio-Economic Turn’ will showcase international approaches to challenging causal relations inherent in the capitalist economy by considering a specifically post-anthropocentric notion of performativity – a notion that includes the invaluable, the incalculable, the un-encodable and irredeemably opaque.
It invites the discovery of microperformativity not solely as a tool to describe the scales of space and time, where life is transformed to code and furthermore into a tradable commodity, but to encounter value as a critical experience, as a force rather than a norm.LectureLuise Kaunert: Inflatable Structures between Utopia and ProtestDec 7, 2018 10:00University of Applied Arts Vienna, Seminar Room 21Vordere Zollamtsstraße 7, ViennaAbout the event...
Luise Kaunert, Managing Director at Amorphic Robot Works will present a selection of “Inflatables” from the 1960s to today. Artists and innovators across the world have experimented with different inflatable media at the intersection of Architecture, Engineering, Science and Art, in order to create “mind expanding”, uplifting and sometimes disturbing experiences. Kaunert discusses how these installations might relate to Utopian concepts and how current practices are adapting them as form of protest.LectureChico MacMurtrie – In and Out of the Body and Into the MachineNov 30, 2018 10:00University of Applied Arts Vienna, Seminar Room 21Vordere Zollamtsstraße 7, ViennaAbout the event...
MacMurtrie, Founder and Artistic Director of Amorphic Robot Works is internationally recognized for his large-scale robotic sculptures and media installations. In this talk, the artist will trace the evolution of his kinetic sculptures and robotic “soft machines”, from early performances involving latex skins to his more recent “Inflatable Architectural Bodies” series. A pioneer in using high tensile Tedlar fabric as a medium, MacMurtrie will recount his creative journey and process of constant reinvention, experimentation and refinement.
MacMurtrie is currently working on the “Border Crossers”, a series of inflatable robotic sculptures, which are designed to rise up several stories high and arch over the U.S.-Mexico border and other borders around the world.Project CooperationNoise AquariumSep 10, 2018The Patching ZonePostbus 29088, RotterdamAbout the event...
The ecological crisis is a human crisis. Oceans must not be considered as flat blue surfaces which serve as dropping holes where we can let vanish all our anthropogenic remains. There are vast amounts of organisms that live down there and some suffer pain from our waste and noise. Many are aware of mammals such as whales and dolphins and there have been discussions about the chemical and waste pollution. But – often ignored is the invisible and the inaudible environment to us that is deeply secluded. Therefore, in the Installation, the artists and scientis6ts created 3D enlarged plankton to be like whales. In addition, they amplify the noise as participants move closer to the animations to simulate how these organisms might experience and perceive this anthropogenic noise. This is a highly interdisciplinary artist led effort with biologists, chemists, nano-toxicologists and an animator all working together towards a common goal – to raise consciousness.
Noise Aquarium is a cooperation between Victoria Vesna, UCLA Art Sci Center; Alfred Vendl as well as Martina Fröschl, Science Visualization Lab Angewandte at the department Digital Art at the University of Applied Art with Ruth Schnell as Sponsor; Stephan Handschuh, VetCore-Facility for Research, University of Veterinary Medicine Vienna and Thomas Schwaha, Department of Integrative Zoology, University of Vienna.
Noise Aquarium has been presented as a featured project at the WEB3D Art Gallery ON / OFF: 100101010 in Brisbane, Australia for the 22nd International Conference of 3D Web Technology on July 5-7th July 2017, on July 6, 2017 at the symposium on Fluid Visualisation and Sound Matters at the Angewandte Innovation Lab (AIL), as well at ANYTHING’S POSSIBLE in Manhattan Beach November 4, 2017 at the Mira Costa High School.
Noise Aquarium was also part of the two day mini-symposium I love life: Celebrating Biodiversity through Art and Science, 13-14th April 2018. Currently, Noise Aquarium will be screend as part of a programme on MAN (Media Art Nexus) at Nanyang Technological University Singapur throughout the year 2018, referring to the Symposium 2017. Further stations in 2018: The PASEO 2018, 14th September 2018; Balance/Unbalance, New Value Systems. Sustainability and social impact as drivers for value creation, annual converence by The Patching Zone, Rotterdam, 20-21th September 2018.
Photo: Victoria Vesna
FestivalAngewandte Students at the 5th UP-ON International Live Art Festival ChengduOct 13, 2017 - Oct 23, 2017Luxe Lakes A4 Art MuseumTianfu New Area, ChengduAbout the event...
From 13.-23. October 2017, four Angewandte students followed Zhou Bins invitation to participate in the 5th Up-On International Live Art Festival in Chengdu/China. Nicoleta Auersperg, Michael Pöllinger (both TransArts), Lala Nomada (Art & Science) and Tomasz Vollmann (Transmedia Art) showed their performances among 30 other artists from China and abroad. The performance artists, modern dancers, sound artists and image artists presented their works at the Art Museum of Sichuan University, School of Architecture and Design College of Southwest Jiaotong University, Luxe Lakes A4 Art Museum and JZFZ Art Space.
Lala Nomada’s performance with coal was based on research about the local social situation in Chengdu as well as on her thoughts about the Lushan Art Museum`s collection.
Nicoleta Auersperg is experimenting and reflecting on materials, processes and mechanism which constitute our everyday life. Of interest are materials with the potential to change their status and form when they come in contact with other materials. The artist transfers this potential in sculptural/performative forms. In Chengdu, she showed the performance „Reifen, Stäbe, Gips und Wasser“.
Performer Michael Pöllinger carried out a thought experiment: Supposed he woke up and realised he had the mission to be the first natural human being, using the power of his organism and the natural phenomenon art to show a new, different movement of transhumanity in a crazy performance.
Photo: Lala Nomada while performing in Chengdu.SymposiumFluid Visualisation and Sound Matters: Bridging Art, Science, and VisualisationJul 6, 2017 14:00-21:00Angewandte Innovation LabFanz-Josef-Kai 3, 1010 ViennaAbout the event...
On 6 July 2017, at the Angewandte Innovation Lab (AIL) the symposium on Fluid Visualisation and Sound Matters will bring together artists, scientists, and experts working in the field of scientific visualisation and visual effects to develop a cross-disciplinary understanding of how art and science contribute to raising awareness of the current massive ecological crisis of marine ecologies and identify a suitable epistemological framing for this global challenge. The symposium is organised by the department of Media Theory.
Victoria Vesna, Angewandte Resident Artist 2015, will hold a keynote speech about Minding the Macro-Micro BioMe.
Photo: University of Applied Arts ViennaExhibitionA 365 Day ProjectJan 9, 2017 - Jan 13, 2017AIL – Angewandte Innovation LabFranz-Joselfs-Kai 3, 1010 ViennaAbout the event...
Artist resident Zhou Bin devised photographic parts of his work “A 365-Day Project” he elaborated during his time at the Angewandte. The project itself began on 7 August 2016, the first day of autumn according to the Chinese lunar calendar, and it is to last for 365 days. The title of the project is meant to convey that for the period of one year Zhou will create each day a performative artistic work. In undertaking this project, the artist is taking quite literally a statement he made to an audience on 28 April 2016 during a solo exhibition at the Chengdu Museum of Contemporary Art: “As my life enters its next phase, so does my art work.” Zhou has set out to blur the boundaries between life and creative work and to take his body to its limits in his performance work in order to allow his specific creative approach to unfold its full potential. He would like to be able to experience a higher sense of order when life and art throw him off balance.
Zhou Bin will perform in the AIL Lab during the opening hours. During the finissage on Friday, 13th of January, 18 pm, participants of Zhou Bin´s performance workshop will perform together with him.
Photo: Zhou BinExhibition Opening with PerformanceZhou Bin performs at Exhibition Opening “Roter Faden – Textile Force”Dec 16, 2016 19:00-22:00Galerie FreihausgasseFreihausgasse, 9500 VillachAbout the event...
The Exhibition “Roter Faden – Textileforce”, curated by Barbara Putz-Plecko (head of the Department Textiles – Free, Applied and Experimental Artistic Design), gives insights into manifold, multi-layered, surprising and also complex practices of artistic textile production.
In cooperation with the University of Applied Arts Vienna, the Galerie Freihausgasse in Villach shows how versatile young artists’ modes of production can be and from which different perspectives they behold, think and shape.
The textile functions as artistic medium, cultural skin creation and space building element in design and architecture, as experimental and intelligent medium as well as model for structuring formation, conjunction and networking. Like the moving body and operating within and on the body or object, the textile and the performative interlink object and space.
The opening is accompanied by an exclusive performance by artist Zhou Bin (Chengdu, China) as well as exclusive performances by Markus Edelmann and Lissie Rettenwander.
Addres of Welcome: Head of Galerie Freihausgasse Edith Eva Kapeller
Opening: Mayor Günther Albel
Introduction: Curator Barbara Putz-Plecko
Karin Altmann, Anja Ray Alturban, Manora Auersperg, Anna Lena Bankel, Anita Bauer, Jürgen Böheimer, Heidi Call, Claire Chatel, Julia Cristofolini, Agnes Czifra, Victoria Dirisamer, Christina Dörfler, Julia Dröpke, Susanne Frantal, Viktoria Gitzl, Barbara Graf, Nilbar Güreş, Teresa Holzer, Linnéa Jänen, Marie Kainz, Afra Kirchdorfer, Isabella Kohout, Klaudia Kozma, Junia Lahner, Martina Mahdavi, Larissa Mathis, Monika Haas, Katharina Heinrich, László Lukács, Walter Lunzer, Sophia Mairer, Aurélie Mazars, Monica Gross Meinhart, David Meran, Nicole Miltner, design:mikimartinek, Julia Neckel, Tina Ocsovay, Mona Quintus, Ramona Rieder, Edwina Sasse, Stefanie Salzburger, Amelie Schillhuber, Matthias Schoiswohl, Birgit Scholin, Anna Schwarz, Anastasia Soutormina, Sylvia Stegbauer, Kathrin Stumreich, Dana Sultana, Johanna Unger, Isis Várkonyi, Maria Walcher, Manuel Wandl, Nicole Weniger, Brigitte Zaussinger, Anita Zečić
Exhibition Duration: 17th of December 2016 – 30th of January 2017
Photo: Nicole WenigerExhibition Opening with PerformanceThe Turtle – Chongqing − Wien (Sm art C)Dec 12, 2016 18:00-22:00Exhibition Galery of the University of Applied Arts ViennaHeiligenkreuzer Hof, 1010 ViennaAbout the event...
The Exhibition The Turtle presents students’ works which are results of an educational journey of the departments Digital Art, Photography as well as Art and Communication Practices in summer 2016 to Chongquing, China. In order to gather collective cultural differences, an exchange with Chinese artists was crucial for the journey. Life in the megalopolis of Chonquing seemed equally strange and familiar to the students, except for a confrontation with turtles. The students were given the task to find an artistic approach to the alien environment on the one hand, and to the universal air of the city on the other.
As a representative of the Chinese viewpoint, resident Artist Zhou Bin will show his artistic approach in an environment which is as alien to him as Chongqing was to the students. The students’ Western European positions include installations, discoursive experiments and readings.
With Karina Fernández, Susanne Frantal, Sebastian Grande, Maria Magdalena Ianchis, Jonas Jahns, Mira KlugVictoria Mlakar, Olena Newkryta, David Osthoff, Philip Röttl.
Exhibition Duration: 13. – 16. Dezember 2016
Heiligenkreuzer Hof, Schönlaterngasse 5, 1010 Wien
howTalkZhou Bin talks with Daniel AschwandenNov 11, 2016 11:00-13:00University of Applied Arts Vienna / AktsaalOskar-Kokoschka-Platz 2, ViennaAbout the event...
Zhou Bin (resident artist) and Daniel Aschwanden (performance artist) discuss the current status of Performing Arts in China and Zhou Bin’s artistic practice.Interactive Art EventHox Zodiac DinnerOct 23, 2015 18:00-22:00AIL – Angewandte Innovatio LabFranz-Josefs-Kai 3, 1010 ViennaAbout the event...
Victoria Vesna, Resident Artist at the Angewandte 2015, realised her Hox Zodiac Project together with neuroscientist Siddharth Ramakrishnan for the first time in Incheon/Korea 2009, afterwards in Hong Kong/China (2012), Taipei/Taiwan (2013), Los Angeles/US (2014), New York (2015).
Hox genes define the body regions in all animals. They are responsible for the determination of the human arms, legs, noses etc. They are also responsible for all limb variations in the animal kingdom. Each species has an anterior-posterior axis as common strand which connects the body forms and enables a variety of morphological differences and newnesses.
Through improvement of genetic engineering, gene manipulation in mutated organisms became real already. Hox gene transformations which could lead to alterations in body compositions and to hybrid forms are conceivable at least.
Victoria Vesna wants to tempt her guests in order to create an experimental space together where we are coupled amoung each other and share our genes. Sie invites the audience to develop ideas, to devise new creatures and to cost hox zodiac related dishes.
In Vienna, Vesna refined the Hox Zodiac Project by involving two Graphic Design students for media improvement. She hopes that Vienna is the place for the dinner to celebrate east and west hybridisations which constantly unfold as well as the displacement of the human anthropocentric point of view.TalkArtist Talk with Victoria Vesna − Digitale KunstOct 15, 2015 14:00-15:30University of Applied Arts Vienna / Expositur Digital ArtsSterngasse 13, ViennaAbout the event...
Victoria Vesna (Artist, Professor at UCLA): BEING IN BETWEEN: Path of an art(scient)ist
In this retrospective talk, Victoria Vesna will outline a non-linear path in her life and work. She is a passionate advocate of art and science not being separated and is currently obsessed with octopuses, birds and consciousness in relation to our networked animal selves.
Vesna is an artist and professor at the UCLA Department of Design Media Arts and is Director of the UCLA Art | Sci Center. With her performative / interactive installations she investigates how technologies affect collective behavior and communication perceptions of identity shift in relation to scientific innovation (PhD, University of Wales, 2000).Her work involves long-term collaborations with composers, nano-scientists, neuroscientists, evolutionary biologists and she brings this experience to students. Victoria has exhibited her work in solo exhibitions 20+, 70+ group shows, has been published in 20+ papers and gave 100+ invited talks in the last decade.
Photo: University of Applied Arts Vienna/Digital ArtsTalkOct 15, 2015 14:00-15:30Interactive Art EventOct 23, 2015 18:00-22:00TalkNov 11, 2016 11:00-13:00Exhibition Opening with PerformanceDec 12, 2016 18:00-22:00Exhibition Opening with PerformanceDec 16, 2016 19:00-22:00ExhibitionJan 9, 2017 - Jan 13, 2017SymposiumJul 6, 2017 14:00-21:00FestivalOct 13, 2017 - Oct 23, 2017Project CooperationSep 10, 2018LectureNov 30, 2018 10:00LectureDec 7, 2018 10:00SymposiumDec 12, 2018 - Dec 14, 2018LectureDec 13, 2018 15:00Artist TalkJan 10, 2019 14:00-15:30