Elmo Rocco is a 3D print of what's inside an ELMO TMX toy. An army of robotic figures performing military maneuvers was the basis of my installation "Battle of the Pyramids," built during a residency at Eyebeam, New York in 2008.
Here the warrior facsimile, Elmo Rocco, polymath, polyglot, travels through time as a quiet and invisible force of inspiration and invention. He does this in a range of demeanors: at times somber and even irritable; at other times in a state of exuberant enthusiasm, which can be equally difficult to bear.
These are Elmo Rocco’s captured memories, plucked from the memory palace of his mind, and as so, are uneven in coverage. While often his presence in a scenario is sharply evident, at times it is embedded so deeply in the action that it is hardly perceptible; manifesting itself as each situation requires.
With exquisite discretion and determination, Elmo Rocco segues between myriad roles as architect, artifact, chef, chronicler, engineer, explorer, healer, historian, jurisprudent, merchant, naturalist, patriot, patron, warrior, and philosopher.
Adrianne Wortzel creates interactive online works, robotic and telerobotic installations, performance productions, videos and writings. These works amplify historical and cultural perspectives by coupling fact with fiction in both physical and virtual networked environments. Her work deploys narratives nascent to technological invention, often comparing its myriad methodologies in order to celebrate both the intuitive nature of invention and the solid armature of empirical knowledge which spawns it. She is a Professor of Entertainment Technology and Emerging Media Technologies at New York City College of Technology, City University of New York. Complete CV at http://adriannewortzel.com/bio
COMPANION Published September 30, 2013