VORN, Bill (1959)

Bill Vorn. Copacabana Machine Sex, 2018. Performance robotique. Photo: © Bill Vorn 2019.

Musician, producer, and multidisciplinary artist Bill Vorn worked in the field of robotic art since 1992. He holds a master’s degree (production-thesis: “Creation of an Interactive Control System for a Sound Installation”, 1993) and a Ph.D. (“Artificial Life as Media: Elements of Communication Robotics”, 2001) each in communication at l’Université du Québec à Montréal. Since 2009, he takes part in the Intermedia program as an electronics arts professor at the Faculty of Fine Arts, Concordia University (Montreal). Bill Vorn has worked with several renowned artists, such as Robert Lepage, François Girard and Édouard Lock and his main artistic partner, Louis-Philippe Demers. His robotic art projects aim to create fictional and surrealist spaces of interaction between robots and humans. In his installations, sound and light play an important role. Among his most famous projects are Espace vectoriel (1993), La Cour des Miracles (1997), Inferno (2015), Hysterical Machines (2006) and DSM-IV (2012). His installations have been shown at Ars Electronica, ISEA 97 (Chicago, the United States); the Musée d’art contemporain in Montreal (Canada); V_2 Organisatie (Rotterdam, the Netherlands) and at Sónar festival (Barcelona), to name a few.