Marilia Bergamo

(this page was last updated in August 2023)

Brasilia, DF, 1978
Lives and works in Newcastle, Australia

PIPA Prize 2023 nominee

My cradle, Brasilia. Land of modernity, abstraction, straight lines and planned curves. Design, architecture and location by numbers. So I grew up navigating these structures in a designed, mathematically coordinated garden city occupied by life, people, plants and animals. Everything that was once planned will always be occupied by life, never stable, always dynamic. This is how I think about my artwork, based on the idea that design will become complex one day. I create technological poetic innovations that temporarily turn into systems that act in the world.

I’ve always believed that technology and culture go hand in hand and that challenging the trajectory of capitalist appropriation of technology is one of the most vital political expressions I could make. Penetrate the heart of the most high-tech and demonstrate the delicacy of structures through organic logic. That’s why I create robotic plants and artificial life and use computing, technology, science and art as sources of inspiration. Nature, for me, is not an external refuge. It is recursive, contingent, logical and complex.


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