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Feb 16

Institute for the Humanities presents: Chico MacMurtrie: Border Crossers

This program is free and open to the public. Seating is first come, first served.

Chico Macmurtrie is an award winning artist, renowned internationally for his large-scale robotic sculpture, whose work combines materiality and robotics, the visceral and conceptual.  His artist residency and interdisciplinary project "Border Crossers," led by the Institute for the Humanities, envisions futures free of obstacles and schisms.  Faculty, staff, and students across campus from Engineering, Art and Design, Architecture, Information and the Humanities will work with the artist planning, building, and launching a 40 foot robotic sculpture, an idealistic and iconic image reaching into futures. The project symbolizes the humanities in action, the unique combination of our differences, our collective humanity, forging  brave new futures.


Chico MacMurtrie is the Artistic Director of Amorphic Robot Works, an interdisciplinary creative collective located in Brooklyn, NY. MacMurtrie/ARW 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 Fine Arts in 2016.


Chico MacMurtrie/ARW are currently focusing on the development of the Border Crossers, a series of light weight robotic sculptures that will attempt to cross the US- Mexico border and other borders around the world. The inflatable sculptures rise up to several stories high and extend across a given threshold. Their choreographed performance, originating on both sides of the border, would stage a symbolic connection.

Join us for a reception at the exhibition opening directly following the lecture, at the U-M Institute for the Humanities at 202 S. Thayer in Ann Arbor.

This program is co-sponsored by the University of Michigan Museumf of Art. Visiting artist Chico MacMurtrie's residency and project is sponsored by the U-M Institute for the Humanities in partnership with Michigan Robotics and UM Engineering, UM School of Information, Penny Stamps Speaker Series, Stamps School of Art and Design, Taubman School of Architecture.