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Aaron Taylor Kuffner, Principle Artist

Aaron Taylor Kuffner is an American born conceptual artist, based in New York. Kuffner's dynamic work reaches far outside conventional forms of representation: it actively engages its audience and pushes art to serve society. His pieces often take the form of multi-year projects that require in depth research, collaboration with field experts and the development of new specialized skill sets. Each project provides unique conceptual tools that further the evolution of consciousness through the experience of beauty and the sublime.

Kuffner's work demands a multi-faceted approach to art. Through his work Kuffner has become a noted musician, electronic music producer (Zemi17) and composer, a skilled metal sculptor, machinist and engineer, an ethnomusicologist, a prolific street artist and social activist, a painter and inventor, a theater director and producer of hyperbolic events.

For over a decade Kuffner has immersed himself in the study of Indonesian Gamelan music. While living for several years in Java and Bali he learned to play the Gamelan, researched the process of making the instruments, cataloged various tuning modalities, and developed his own electronic notation system, all the while gleaning gamelan's cultural and spiritual significance. In 2008, shortly after returning to New York he was awarded an Artist in Residency with renown technologist Eric Singer at the League of Electronic Musical Urban Robots. The fruit of their collaboration would be the construction of the world's first fully robotic gamelan orchestra.

Following the residency, Kuffner began a new body of work under the heading of Gamelatron, which marries Indonesian ritual and sonic tradition with modern robotics. In this series of work, Kuffner creates sonic kinetic sculptures from traditional Bronze, Brass and Iron instruments retrofited with mechanical mallets on sculptural mounting systems. The pieces are connected to a network that transcribes his digital compositions into an array of electrical pulsations that results in a ghostly musical automaton.

Over the last 8 years Kuffner has created over 30 Gamelatrons of various size, scale and purpose. Kuffner has performed or presented work more than 400 times in 19 countries in the last seventeen years.

I Made Rindhi and son Wayan, Balinese Gamelan makers
I Made Rindhi is a notorious gong maker in the village of Blahbatu near Gianyar in South Central Bali who has supplied the Gamelatron project with fine crafted instruments for more than 8 years. Rindhi is part of a proud multi generational tradition working with creating gamelan instruments for over 50 years, learning from his father, now working with his son Wayan for last 10 years.

Gamelan Siswosumartan, Javanese Gong makers
Located just outside Surakarta in Central Java, Gamelan Siswosumartan is a family run multi-generation gamelan instrument fabrication shop and foundry specializing for hundreds of years in Bronze gong fabrication.

The League of Electronic Musical Urban Robots (LEMUR) is a Pittsburg-based group of artists and technologists developing robotic musical instruments. Founded in 2000 by musician and engineer Eric Singer, LEMUR creates exotic, sculptural musical instruments and installations which integrate robotic technology.

Eric Singer, LEMUR Founder and Director
Musician, artist, engineer and programmer Eric Singer holds a BS in Computer Engineering from Carnegie Mellon; a Diploma in Music Synthesis, Magna Cum Laude, from Berklee College of Music; and an MS in Computer Science from New York University. He has over 20 years of arts and multimedia programming, engineering and performance experience in the areas of interactive performance systems, integrated music and graphics systems, alternative controller design, networked multimedia environments, interface design, artificial intelligence and computer controlled pyrotechnics. He performs and lectures throughout the world and is known internationally for his software and hardware products for art and technology. In addition to directing LEMUR, Singer works as an independent Arts Engineer and Consultant; runs Eroktronix, his company which creates and markets electronics technology for the arts; and has been an Adjunct Assistant Professor at the NYU Interactive Telecommunication Program and Carnegie Mellon University.

LumiGeek (JoeJoe Martin and John Parts Taylor), Hardware and Software Engineers,
A visionary duo specializing in interactive technology for artistic project. Lumigeek has worked with Aaron Taylor Kuffner on custom hardware and software development for new interactive Gamelatron standalone pieces and installation.

Sundaram Tagore Gallery, Artist Representation, Sales and Commissions
Established in 2000, Sundaram Tagore Gallery is devoted to examining the exchange of ideas between Western and non-Western cultures. We focus on developing exhibitions and hosting not-for-profit events that encourage spiritual, social and aesthetic dialogues. In a world where communication is instant and cultures are colliding and melding as never before, our goal is to provide venues for art that transcend boundaries of all sorts. With alliances across the globe, our interest in cross-cultural exchange extends beyond the visual arts into many other disciplines, including poetry, literature, performance art, film and music. NEW YORK: 547 West 27th Street, HONG KONG: 57-59 Hollywood Road, SINGAPORE: 5 Lock Road 01-05 in Gillman Barracks

Geoff Kuffner,Project Consultant, Storyteller, Chief Underling of Non-Technical Skills
Author, coach and expert in human movement education, Geoff has a professional background in communications and was co-founder of the New York's Ransom Corp. along with brother Aaron Taylor. He has produced small- and large-scale art events, as well as written, directed and performed in numerous multi-media, interdisciplinary productions. Geoff lives in New York where he runs The Sustainable Body (TheSustainableBody.com) and is currently at work on an hyperbolic art memoir: The Assault Poetry Unit: How Two Brothers Failed to Start the Art Revolution.

Gamelatron Consultants, Fabricators and Assistants:
Entropy Warrior Systems, Shrine, Nathan Wheeler, I Made Sudika, Wayan Sadera, Hard Decor, Ryan O'Connor, Rosanna Scimeca.

Gamelatron Photographers and Videographer:
Gisella Sorrentino: GazePhotography.com, Barabra Gentile: BarbaraGentile.com, Pascal Charles Petit: PascalCharlesPetit.com, Linda Gastaldello: LindaGastaldello.com, Lina Jang: LinaJang.com, Jeanne Angel: Area33.com, Stefan Pildes, Nicholas Whitaker, Nadia Anderson and Joe Cookie