artists

Chico Macmurtrie

Education

B.F.A. University of Arizona, 1983

M.F.A. New Forms and Concepts, UCLA, 1987

Biography
Chico Macmurtrie is internationally known for his large-scale performative robotic installations. He has exhibited in 16 different countries and has received the support of many notable granting agencies, e.g. the Rockefeller Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Daniel Langlois Foundation. MacMurtrie, in 1987, founded Amorphic Robot Works in San Francisco. Currently located in Red Hook, Brooklyn, ARW is a collaborative group of artists and engineers dedicated to the study and creation of movement. Their profound kinesthetic inquiries have resulted in more than 250 mechanical sculptures that assume anthropomorphic and abstract forms and communicate aspects of the human condition.

Selected Solo Exhibitions

2013
Chrysalis, Pioneer Works, Brooklyn, NY
The Robotic Church, ARW, Redhook, Brooklyn, NY

2012
Inflatable Robotic Arts in Canada, Video Pool Media Art Center, Winnipeg, Canada

2010
The National Gallery of Macedonia, curated by Melentie Pandilovski, Skopje, Macedonia
Birds, Project Space Muffatwerk, Munich, Germany

Selected Group Exhibitions

2013
The Wizard's Chamber, curated by Lara Pan, Kunsthalle Winterthur, Switzerland
Kinesthetics: Art Imitating Life, Pratt Manhattan Gallery, New York, NY

2012
Organograph, City Hall, San Jose, CA
Reactivation, 9th Shanghai Biennial, Shanghai, China
Art and Artificial Life: Vida 1999-2012, Espacio Fundacion Telefonica, Madrid, Spain

2011
Transformer, Le 360, curated by Richard Castelli, Bethune Cultural Capital 2011, France
Today's Art Festival, Den Haag, The Netherlands

2010
New.Brave.World!, Biennial for art and technology, Trondheim, Norway
Build your own world, ZER01 Biennial, San Jose Museum of Skopje, Macedonia
Inflatable Bodies, Studio Gallery Muffatwerk, Munich
Inflatable Architectural Growth, SF Fine Art Fair, San Francisco

2008
Maquinas Y Almas (Machines and Souls), Reina Sofia Museum, Madrid

2007
TOTEMOBILE
Premiers at the Citroen showroom, Paris, France
Inflatable Architectural Body, Edlin Gallery, New York
BIRDS
MU Exhibition Space, Eindhoven, Holland
THE HORNY CHILDREN
Laboral ,Gihon, Spain

2006
BIRDS
Experimental Arts Foundation, Adelaide, Australia
INFLATABLE BODIES
Malaga, Spain

2005
TEN NEW HORNY KIDS
New Los Angeles Art Fair for Contemporary and New Art, Los Angeles, CA
TOO BIG DOG MONKEY, CAVE OF THE SUBCONSCIOUS AND YOYO BERIMBAU
Wood Street Gallery, Pittsburgh PA

FOREST OF TOTEM POLES
The Columbus Museum of Art and Design, Columbus, IN

TEN NEW HORNY KIDS
Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indianapolis, IN

EXPERIMENTS WITH INFLATABLE BODIES
Elektrische Stadt Festival, Dresden, Germany

2004
RETROSPECTIVE EXHIBITION, THE AMORPHIC EVOLUTION, 1987-2004:
The Amorphic Landscape, The Cave of the Subconscious, Too Big Dog
Monkey, Skeletal Reflections, Telescoping Totem Pole, Floaters,
Retrospective Drawings, Maquettes, and Video Installation.
European Cultural Capital 2004, Lille, France

FETUS TO MAN
Permanent installation commissioned by the city of Lille, France
European Cultural Capital

PERFORMANCE CONTROL AND LIGHTING TREE (Fabrication and Exhibition)
Robodock Festival, Rotterdam, Holland

2003
FETUS TO MAN, STUDY
Personal Space, Gigantic ArtSpace, New York, NY

THE CAVE OF THE SUBCONSCIOUS AND TOO BIG DOG MONKEY
Exit Art Festival, Paris, France

THE CAVE OF THE SUBCONSCIOUS, TOO BIG DOG MONKEY, AND SKELETAL REFLECTIONS
Via Festival, Maubeuge, France

YO YO BERIMBAU AND THE GROWING, RAINING TREE
Machine Visions, Harvestworks, New York, NY

SKELETAL REFLECTIONS (VIDEO)
Pescara Electronic Artists Meeting, Pescara, Italy

GROWING, RAINING TREE
Three-year installation at The Center for Contemporary Art’s UN-Museum, Cincinnati, OH

SKELETAL REFLECTIONS
ArtBots, Eyebeam Atelier, New York, NY

YO YO BERIMBAU AND BIRD GIRL
Engaging Characters, Art Interactive. Cambridge, MA

HORNY DRUMMER BOY
Lincoln Center Out-of-Doors Festival, Lincoln Center, New York, NY

2002
THE ANCESTRAL PATH THROUGH THE AMORPHIC LANDSCAPE
NÖ Donaufestival, Krems, Austria

TOO BIG DOG MONKEY
Showcase Performance, Brooklyn Waterfront Festival, Brooklyn, NY

SKELETAL REFLECTIONS
Digital Crossover, Muffathalle, Munich, Germany

TOO BIG DOG MONKEY
Biennial Exhibition: The S-Files, El Museo del Barrio, New York, NY

2001
SKELETAL REFLECTIONS (VIDEO)
VIDA LIFE 4.0 International Competition. Awarded Honorary Mention and included in the organization’s Best of LIFE 4.0.
Sponsored by the Fundación Telefónica, Madrid, Spain

ENSEMBLES FROM THE ANCESTRAL PATH
Lubijiana Gallery, Lubijiana, Slovenia

THE ANCESTRAL PATH
Maribor Computer Arts Festival, Maribor, Slovenia

SEDUCTION OF THE BIRD GIRL
Exit Art Gallery, New York, NY

2000
SKELETAL REFLECTIONS
EXPO2000 World Fair, Hanover, Germany

THE ANCESTRAL PATH THROUGH THE AMORPHIC LANDSCAPE
Nottingham: NOW Festival, Co-commissioned by NOW and Muffathalle Munich, Germany

1999
URGE TO STAND (A PERMANENT INTERACTIVE OUTDOOR SCULPTURE)
Children’s Place, Yerba Buena Center San Francisco, CA

THE DOG MONKEY'S JOURNEY THROUGH THE AMORPHIC EVOLUTION
Klangart Festival, Osnabruck, Germany
KornHaus, Bern, Switzerland

A SELECTION FROM THE AMORPHIC SOCIETY
Areal, 99 Bruck, Germany
Lincoln Center: Out of Doors Festival, New York, NY

1998
TELESCOPING TOTEM POLE
Robotronika, Institut für Neue Kulturtechnologien, Vienna, Austria

THE DOG MONKEY'S JOURNEY THROUGH THE AMORPHIC EVOLUTION
Kampnagel, Hamburg, Germany

1997
INSTALLATION AND ROBOTICS WORKSHOP
ESC, Graz, Austria

THE DOG MONKEY'S JOURNEY THROUGH THE AMORPHIC EVOLUTION
Prater, Berlin Germany
Forum Telecom, Lisbon, Portugal
V2 Festival, Rotterdam, The Netherlands

TELESCOPING TOTEM POLE
Bay Area Now, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, CA

GROWING INTO YOUR CULTURAL SKIN —THE CAVE OF THE SUBCONSCIOUS
Galeria de la Raza, San Francisco, CA

THE SUPER DOG MONKEY
Cleveland Performance Festival, Cleveland, OH

ROBOTIC PERFORMANCE
Arte Chido, Mexico City, Mexico

CHILDREN'S ROBOTICS WORKSHOPS
Museum of Innovation, San Jose, CA
Mission Science Workshop San Francisco, CA
The Bay Area Discovery Museum San Francisco, CA

1996
THE AMORPHIC EVOLUTION
Art Futura, Madrid, Spain
Theater Tacheles, Berlin, Germany
Rearview Mirror to Reality Festival, Linz, Austria
Muffathalle, Munich, Germany

Sound Culture Festival, The Lab, San Francisco, CA

ROBOTIC INSTALLATION
Munich International Airport, Munich, Germany

ROBOTIC PERFORMANCE
Museum of Innovation, San Jose, CA

CHILDREN'S ROBOTICS WORKSHOP
Mission Science Workshop, San Francisco, CA
The Bay Area Discovery Museum, San Francisco, CA

1995
Featured Artist in the BBC production Pandemonium

Featured Artist in Mark Dery’s book ESCAPE VELOCITY: CYBER CULTURE AT THE END OF THE CENTURY, published by New Line Productions, Inc.

1994
PRIMITIVE BEHAVIOR PATTERNS
Automata 1994, Mie, Japan

HORNY CHILDREN
X Terressa, Mexico City, Mexico
Exit Festival, Crete, France

TEACHING ARTIST IN RESIDENCE
Chicago Art Institute, Chicago, IL

ARTIST IN RESIDENCY: THE MERGE OF THE HORNY CHILDREN INTO DREAM STATE
Headlands Center for the Arts, San Francisco, CA

1993
PRIMITIVE BEHAVIOR PATTERNS
ArtTec, Nagoya, Japan

DRUMMING AND DRAWING SUBHUMAN
Kawasaki, Japan

THE DOG MONKEY WITH THE ZACCHO DANCE THEATER
Theater Artaud, San Francisco, CA

1992
TRIGRAM: A ROBOTIC OPERA (with Bruce Darby)
Theater Artaud, San Francisco, CA
Featured in the Discovery Channel production “The Next Step”

AMORPHOUS
Den Bosch, Netherlands
Den Haag, Netherlands
Eindhoven, Netherlands
Arhus, Denmark
Copenhagen, Denmark

TUMBLING MAN
Crash Club, Phoenix, AZ

Selected Honors and Awards

2007 Renew Media Arts Fellowship, the Rockefeller Foundation
2007 Place in History, A Tree for Anable Basin
2003 New York Foundation for the Arts
2002-2004 Fondation Daniel Langlois
2002 New York State Council on the Arts
1997 Andy Warhol Foundation Grant
1997 California Arts Council Fellowship—Performance Art
1996-7 Eureka Fellowship—Fleischhacker Foundation
1996 Lannon Grant
1996 Art Matters Grant
1995 National Endowment for the Arts—New Genres
1993 National Endowment for the Arts—Collaborative Grant
1991 ARS Electronica—Distinction in Interactive Arts
1991 Arts International
1991 National Endowment for the Arts—Interdisciplinary Arts
1990 ARS Electronica—Honorable Mention in Interactive Arts
1990 National Endowment for the Arts—Interdisciplinary Arts
1988 National Endowment for the Arts—Interdisciplinary Arts