Robotic arts: Chico MacMurtrie’s TOTEMOBILE

Untitled-1Chico MacMurtrie is internationally recognized for his large-scale, performative, kinetic installations, and interactive public sculpture. In this video a fullscale Citroën DS transforms in a few minutes to an 18-meter-high totem, nearly touching the roof of the Cité des Sciences et de l’Industrie in Paris (Science Centre), and this it does without recourse to Hollywood special effects.

During an interview Chico MacMurtrie talks about how he creates his robotic sculptures and installations, about the challenges he and his engineer team are facing.

Chico MacMurtrie is the Artistic Director of Amorphic Robot Works (ARW), a collective he founded in 1991, consisting of artists, scientists and engineers. Currently operating out of Brooklyn, New York, ARW is dedicated to the study and creation of movement as it is expressed in anthropomorphic and abstract robotic forms. MacMurtrie has been working over the last years on his innovative, inflatable sculptures, which were exhibited in major museum shows and other international exhibitions.

The interview was filmed at the Robotic Art Exhibition at the Cité des Sciences et de L’industrie, Paris 2014, Curator Richard Castelli, Epidemic.


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