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Quote of the Week: Byrne’s Robot

David Byrne is exhibiting his singing robot Julio at the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia in Madrid, Spain, as part of the show “Machines and Souls: Digital Art” (or “Máquinas y Almas”). Pondering the show’s title, he says:

I suspect that many of the show’s participants might disagree with this implied duality since much of the work here demonstrates a symbiotic relationship between artist and machine
Julio is a collaboration between Byrne and robotist David Hanson. Also featured in the show are Antoni Abad, Daniel Canogar, Vuk Cosic, Evru / Zush, Harun Farocki, Paul Friedlander, Pierre Huyghe, Theo Jansen, Natalie Jeremijenko, Sachiko Kodama, Rafael Lozano-Hemmer, Chico MacMurtrie, John Maeda, Antoni Muntadas, Daniel Rozin, and Ben Rubin & Mark Hansen.

Read the full entry at (in which, as a side note, he reflects on Justin Green’s classic comic Binky Brown and the Holy Virgin Mary), and learn more about his and Hanson’s Julio at More on Hanson at Visit the website of the museum, which also happens to be presenting Nam June Paik’s A Tribute to John Cage (1973-1976), at

By Marc Weidenbaum

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