Chimera, Expanded Bodies

Amor Muñoz (MX)

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Inspired by some ideas from Nam June Paik and Jana Sterbark, CHIMERA, EXPANDED BODIES points to a biotechnological poetic exploration that questions how we define life, what its borders and possibilities are, placing the hybrid as a central point to destabilize binary constructions such as the organic and inorganic, biological and synthetic, the body and the machine.

CHIMERA, EXPANDED BODIES is a sound installation made up of a set of bioautomata, artificial entities that contain living matter and generate performative gestures through their biological processes, which are monitored by sensors. On the other hand, these bodies have a textile-tactile nervous system that can be activated by the public to make their organs sound. Abstract bodies in which the heartbeat, the pulse, the circulation, the breathing and the nervous system are synthesized in a hybrid, post-humanist entity that obeys the stimuli of other bodies.


Amor Muñoz (1979) is an interdisciplinary Mexican artist who experiments at the intersection between art, technology and society. She has been a resident at the Bauhaus Dessau (DE) and recently at the Google Arts and Culture Jacquard Artist Residency (FR). Her work has been exhibited in various spaces such as: 21er Haus, Belvedere (AT); SFMOMA (US); MUAC (MX); Centre for Heritage, Arts and Textile, CHAT (HK); National Art Center, Tokyo (JP); G Museum Nanjing (CN) among others.


Chimera is a project by Amor Muñoz
Credits Engineering and programming: Pabel Lerma Barroso
Sound design: Rogelio Sosa
Renders: Luis Bolaños
Fabrication: Taller Dos Coyotes, Muuc Studio, Itayedzin Aragón & Do Studio.