ANTHROPOMORPHIC MACHINE - STELARC /// 20 AUGUST /// SCIENCE GALLERY MELBOURNE
Presented by Science Gallery Melbourne
Woodwind members of the BOLT Ensemble interact with Stelarc’s Anthropomorphic Machine, scored by composer and sound artist James Hullick.
THE BOLT ENSEMBLE (woodwinds)
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Science Gallery Melbourne
Stelarc teams up with the BOLT Ensemble and James Hullick for a concert at Science Gallery Melbourne.
In collaboration with Science Gallery Melbourne, Stelarc will launch his latest creation, the Anthropomorphic Machine, presented as part of the SWARM exhibition. Hullick has composed a new work that will be performed by a woodwind quartet of BOLT Ensemble musicians interacting with Stelarc’s Anthropomorphic Machine. The score itself has been devised in response to schematic diagrams provided by Stelarc’s team.
This is 21st century contemporary art born of a bursting, technologised society abundant in possibilities. The Anthropomorphic Machine is an interactive robotic installation actuated by pneumatic rubber muscles. It is 8m high and 7m in diameter. The camera and computational system detect a person’s proximity and their gestures to generate mechanised undulating, pulsing and glitch behaviours. It also has online interactivity. Anyone anywhere will be able to animate the robot. With the compressed air sounds and solenoid clicks it also becomes a sound machine whose choreography composes the soundscape.
This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body.