Thursday, June 12, 2014

Translator in Brazil: Recent kinetic sculpture Translator, GambiĆ³logos 2.0, Museu dos Brinquedos, located in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, June 10 -August 21

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Translator in Brazil: Translator Recent kinetic sculpture Translator will be included in GambiĆ³logos 2.0, Museu dos Brinquedos, located in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, June-July, 2014

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Interview with OPP

Stacia Yeapanis of Other Peoples Pixels interviews Mark Porter:

Rube Goldberg's Ghost

Rube Goldberg's Ghost Glass Curtain Gallery 1104 S. Wabash Ave Chicago, IL 60605 Feburary 28– May 4, 2013 Reception: Thursday, Feburary 28, 5-7pm Autohaemorrhaging Actuator, a kinetic, interactive installation by Chicago artist Mark Porter,
will be included in Rube Goldberg's Ghost. Rube Goldberg machines were never intended to actually be built and used. Goldberg’s cartoon images of impossibly complicated low-tech machines poked fun at bureaucratic systems and the laborious machinations required to traverse them. While Rube Goldberg took a light-hearted and humorous approach to serious public concerns, this exhibition presents objects that give plausible deniability (i.e. a wink and a nod) toward some of society's current obsessions, ills and issues. In the spirit of the Rube Goldberg machine, this exhibition examines social, cultural and design questions through ingenious d.i.y. engineering and 'what if' solutions. Curated by Elizabeth Burke-Dain Participating Artists: Matthew Aron, Karen Bovinich, Brian Dettmer, Fischli & Weiss, Conrad Friedberg, Joan Giroux, Joanne Greenbaum, Joseph Hersher, Taylor Hokanson, Industry of the Ordinary, Heidi Kumao, Betsy Odom, Erik Peterson, Mark Porter, David Sprecher and Michael Thompson

Mark Porter : Autohaemorrhaging Actuator,THE MISSION

Mark Porter : Autohaemorrhaging Actuator : Nov 9 – Dec 22, 2012
1431 W. Chicago Avenue 
Chicago, IL 60642 
T: 312-243-1200 Autohaemorrhaging Actuator Kinetic, site-specific installation by Mark Porter Autohaemorrhaging Actuator is a site-specific, interactive installation that mimics biological/ animal behaviors such as autohaemorrhaging- the action of animals deliberately ejecting blood from the body as a defensive tactic. Autohaemorrhaging Actuator acts as a collaborative project. Triggered by the presence of the viewer, the installation acts to create territorial markings or drawings on the floor and walls of the exhibition space. The more the piece interacts with the viewer, the more the walls of the exhibition space are marked/drawn upon. The installation is comprised of several machines linked together, working in tandem with each other with the viewer. Emphasizing the quality of the hand made object, Porter creates machines that serve as prototypes. Autohaemorrhaging Actuator was created through the fusion of found and custom-made objects. The artist fabricates his machines by re-contextualizing/reverse engineering domestic and industrial objects and joining them with custom elements. His mechanical contraptions mimic humans and animals in both the behavioral and biological sense, exhibiting a reactive and fragile personality supported by circulatory systems cycling electricity and pigmented fluids. Displayed along side Autohaemorrhaging Actuator are Porter’s Preliminary Drawings, which serve as gestural schematic diagrams, illustrating the development of his sculptures. Each Preliminary Drawing is created with graphite, colored pencil, gesso and wintergreen oil transfer on cotton rag paper.

Monday, October 1, 2012

Machinations: Kinetic Sculpture in the Age of Open-source, Glass Curtain Gallery, Chicago Ive recently had the pleasure and honor to work several new media artists on an exhibit titled Machinations: Kinetic Sculpture in the Age of Open-source for the Glass Curtain Gallery of Columbia College Chicago. The exhibit features works by artists from all over the country and a few from overseas who all create kinetic sculptures with a D.I.Y spirit. In tandem with the exhibit, artist and inventor Tayor Hokanson will be conducting a series of hands on workshops on how to build your own DIYLILCNC machine. The exhibit features several fascinating works including mini Strandbeest kits by Theo Jansen, a pneumatically controlled sculpture by Jeremy Boyle titled (self-playing) Guitar, a site-specific work, (n)Fold created by Pencil Studios (Sabrina Raaf and Travis Saul) and a piece that serves as a digital kinetic diary titled Deviation by Stephen Cartwright. Also in conjunction will be a book signing by Paul Catanese, creator of a series of digital relief prints created with the aide of a cnc machine. In his book, Post-Digital Printmaking, Catanese explains in great detail a number of experimental printmaking techniques. Make Magazine was kind enough to donate several issues robotics and electronic tinkering for a less formal, more educational side of the exhibit titled the Research Lab, which features projects from all over the country. The exhibit and related events are open to the public and free to attend, also a catalog accompanies the exhibit with a forward by artist Patrick Lichty. We will be sure to send updates on the progress of the workshops, thanks, curator and artist Mark Porter. Participating artists: Daniel Jay Bertner Jeremy Boyle Stephen Cartwright Paul Catanese Paul Granjon Theo Jansen Joseph Morris Anat Pollack Chris Reilly Randy Sarafan Pencil Studios (Sabrina Raaf and Travis Saul) Research Lab- Arthur Ganson, Elizabeth Rossiter , Tim O'Keefe Conor Peterson Ryan Rasmussen Steven Laurie Taylor Hokanson Website:

Friday, June 15, 2012

Autohaemorrhaging Actuators, Recent Kinetic Sculptures and Preliminary Drawings by Mark Porter June 10-July 3, 2012 Peanut Gallery, 1000 N. California Ave, Chicago, IL 60622 Autohaemorrhaging Actuators is a collection of recent preliminary drawings and kinetic sculptures which mimic biological functions and human/animal behaviors such as demarcation- the process of marking of one’s personal territory and autohaemorrhaging- the action of animals deliberately ejecting blood from the body as a defensive tactic. All of the works are thematically centered on the process of ejecting internal fluids with the purpose of creation, territorial marking, masking and rejection. Chicago-based artist Mark Porter creates mechanical, kinetic sculptures that act as prototypes through the fusion of custom-made and found objects and preliminary drawings with graphite, paint, wintergreen oil transfer and aluminum. Front image: detail image of Autohaemorrhaging Actuator #2, 2012, aluminum, electric motor, air pump, plexi-glass, steel, glass and pigmented fluid. "Peanut Gallery is a space for creative collaboration, experimentation, exhibition and good, old-fashioned mingling. Their goal is to connect creative people with one another and nurture a vibrant, inclusive community of artists and intellectuals."