The Acconci Robot

Art Artwork from Australia. Published by Marynowsky on Thursday 12 March 2015.

The Acconci Robot image

Year: 2012

Wade Marynowsky continues his interest in performative robotics. The Acconci Robot is a playful but mute robot in the form of an everyday household object: a robotic wardrobe that follows unsuspecting audience members throughout the exhibition space.

The work references the performance work by Vito Acconci entitled Follow Piece (1969), in which Acconci randomly selected a passer‐by and followed that person, until he or she disappeared into a private place where Acconci could not follow. This artwork is a cheeky inversion of interaction, following viewers whilst their backs are turned, but stopping in its tracks as they turn to see who is following.