MacMurtrie’s site-specific sculptures embrace technology and robotics, and surprise audiences with wholly unusual aesthetic interventions. – The Creators Project
A cacophony of drumming, thumping, chiming, metallic thuds and atonal string notes, accompanied by the hisses of the pneumatic rams that operate many of the robots’ body parts, creating the show’s complex sonic texture. – New York Times
The Robotic Church is a site-specific installation and performance created by Chico MacMurtrie and Amorphic Robot Works. During this 45-minute work featuring 35 pneumatic and motorized robots, MacMurtrie transforms the former Norwegian Seaman’s Church into an allegory about the human condition, evolution and nature.
Ranging in size from 12 inches to 15 feet, these robotic performers surprise audiences with their percussive sounds and gestures, evoking the origin of communication through rhythm. Although responding to both pre-programmed and live computer sequences, MacMurtrie’s robots are anthropopathic and organic in nature. Their unique expression promises to create a visually and acoustically immersive uplifting experience
Presented by Amorphic Robot Works in Association With FuturePerfect Productions
Chico MacMurtrie / ARW have been creating machines as metaphors to explore the most primitive aspects of the human condition. The first machines were built 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 led to the creation of a Society of Machines with their own language and expression. MacMurtrie’s/ARW’s Society of Machine has performed in different configurations, with over a 100 robotic sculptures, throughout the United States, Latin America, Europe and Asia.
The Robotic Church opened to the public for the first time in September 2013 for a 3 month performance series which was featured in the New York Times, Artinfo, Creator’s Project, and more recently on WNYC / The Green Space.