Adrianne Wortzel (May-June 2014)
Adrianne Wortzel creates unique and innovative interactive art works exploring historical and cultural perspectives by coupling fact and fiction and deploying their considered mix in both physical and virtual networked environments. Projects manifest as telerobotic performance productions, videos, art objects, writings and artist’s books.
Her works are often created in collaboration with research scientists and engineers both in the US and internationally. Her productions always employ narratives nascent to historical events and technological research in order to point to creative endeavors emerging from an armature of empirical knowledge. The content examines, or displays, through fictive and dramatic scenarios, stories and scripts, aspects of how humans relate to machines.
Her works have received financial and residency support from the National Science Foundation; Eyebeam Art and Technology Center; The Whitney Museum of American Art, the Swiss Artists-in-Labs Program; the Artificial Intelligence Laboratory; University of Zurich; The National Science Foundation; The Franklin Furnace Fund for PerformanceArt’ the Greenwall Foundation; the New York State Council on the Arts; the Science and Art Research Collaborations in New Mexico, PSC-CUNY Research Foundation and the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation. Her writing and articles have been published in national and international publications.
Exhibition venues include the Whitney Museum of American Art commission of her interactive telerobotic piece Camouflage Town for the exhibition Data Dynamics as well as an online work for the Whitney’s Artport web site; StudioBlue@Citytech for Eliza Redux (a telerobotic work with three robots offering online psychoanalytic sessions: respectively implementing Freudian, Jungian, and Lacanian disciplines); 516Arts, Albuquerque, New Mexico, Abrons Art Center (Performa 09 Performance Art Biennial), New York; “Re-enactment of the Battle of the Pyramids” (toys meant for children reconfigured as instruments of war) at Eyebeam Art and Technology Center; Light Industries, New York; Extensions Between Body, Mind And Electronic Worlds, Naples, Italy; Lehman College Art Gallery and Lehman College Theater; Arreale99, Baitz, Germany; Ars Electronica, Linz, Austria; Creative Time Art at the Anchorage; MIT Vera List Center; Orlando Museum of Art; Moderna Museet, Stockholm, Sweden.
She is a Professor of Entertainment Technology and Emerging Media Technologies at New York City College of Technology, the senior technical college in the City University of New York (CUNY) system. Her keystone courses are Topics and Perspectives in Emerging Technologies and Narrative Design, both collaborative research and projects courses open to all disciplines at the College.
She is the Founding Director of StudioBlueLab, an interdisciplinary collaborative lab facility for faculty and student invention, established by a 2004 CUNY Graduate Research Technology Incentive Award and maintained at New York City College of Technology, originally funded as The Robotic Renaissance Project at the Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art by a National Science Foundation 2001 Award as well as the Gateway Engineering Education Coalition at Cooper Union.
Adrianne Wortzel’s web site is at http://adriannewortzel.com