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Biography:

Adrianne Wortzel explores the ramifications of art and cultural perspectives as processed through new technologies. Her investigations, which challenge and expand the functional and interpretive roles of technology, manifest themselves in robotic and telerobotic installations, web works, streaming internet broadcasts, and performance, productions. Wortzel's telerobotic installation Camouflage Town was exhibited in Data Dynamics at the Whitney Museum of American Art in Spring 2001. Her Globe Theater Repertory Company of Robots was featured in New York as part of Cooper Union's Technoseduction (1997); in Creative Time's Art in the Anchorage (1997); and abroad in Ars Electronica 97: FleshFactor (Linz, Austria); and Kunstfluge's Aerale 99 (Baitz, Germany).

She is Associate Professor of Advertising Design and Graphic Arts at New York City College of Technology, CUNY, and an Adjunct Professor of Mechanical Engineering at the Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art, where she is Director of the cooper Union Tele/Robotic Theater.

Project Description:

Based on the studies of Joseph Weizenbaum's 1966 computer program ELIZA, Wortzel's project Eliza Redux, will enable theatrical scenarios in the form of online psychoanalytical sessions available to visitors via an interactive web site featuring real-time interactions between a physical robot responding orally as the psychoanalyst to the visitor/patient's text-to-speech input. Psychoanalytical "projection" will be interpolated by "patient's" choice of virtual sets as the robot's environment during their session. Sessions will be archived and available for public viewing.