Bachrach, Jonathan

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My artwork comprises an artistic and scientific examination of mind, body and society. My work explores the intersection of sensor motor modalities and the challenges and mysteries of motor control, perception, representation, and emergent phenomena. I am driven by a deep curiosity and utilize a wide range of techniques to get at the truth. I find that art and science are more similar than different, and feel that a multidisciplinary approach is crucial. Making artwork is akin to a scientific inquiry: it starts with questions and results in some answers and always more questions. On the other hand, art allows for the introduction of scientifically inadmissible techniques and processes that bring about radical results, and thus hand in hand, art and science can make vast discoveries.


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    2007 Rockefeller New Media Foundation Proposal
    Bachrach, Jonathan (2009-03-27T19:44:41Z)
    The development of a series of biologically inspired sculptural substrates, a generative programming language, called Proto, for describing motion, and a series of art pieces implementing movement concepts described in Proto and realized on the sculptural substrates. Each biologically inspired substrate involves an ecology of elements intertwined in a sustainable relationship, exhibiting a high degree of freedom grace, and able to execute distributed sensor/motor programs. The Proto language provides a formal and executable description of space-time behaviors with gross movements being described intuitively at a very high level and translated into distributed sensor/motor programs on individual parts. The language and substrate together allow the creation of a range of sculptural forms and motions unachievable to date. Concepts and themes from choreography, sociology, intimacy, and biology will be explored.