Wild Robots: Bodies and Signs

Lecture | March 15 | 5-6 p.m. | Moffitt Undergraduate Library, BCNM Commons, Rm. 340

 Ian Ingram

 Berkeley Center for New Media

On Wednesday, March 15, Ian Ingram, a Los Angeles-based artist will be a body of his work on the influence of animal behavior in building technology.

Ian Ingram is a Los Angeles-based artist who builds mechatronic and robotic objects that borrow facets from animal morphology and behavior, from the forms and movements of machines, and from our stories about animals. The resulting works–often intended to cohabitate and interact with animals in the wild–explore the manmade object’s future as a willful entity and our relationship with non-human animals and with our technology.

Many of Ingram’s works since 2005 have been attempts to create messy webs in the Umwelts of specific non-human species and human beings by creating behavioral objects that–in scale, form, agency and gesture–make signals truly meaningful to the non-human species but often in a playful narrative built from the conceits of the human perspective.

Ingram has exhibited his work internationally, including at the Andy Warhol Museum; the Museum of Modern Art, Toluca; the Yada Gallery in Nagoya; Hasbro, Inc.; Eyelevel Gallery in Halifax; Nikolaj Kunsthal in Copenhagen; and recently the Victoria and Albert Museum. Ingram has a BS and MS from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and an MFA from Carnegie Mellon University.

Videos and photographs of Ingram’s work can be found at http://www.ianingram.org.