Scotiabank Nuit Blanche

Zone B Independent Project

Robotic Chair, 2008

Suitable for all ages

Gardiner Museum

The Robotic Chair

Max Dean - Toronto, Canada
Raffaello D'Andrea - Zurich, Switzerland
Matt Donovan - Toronto, Canada

Kinetic Sculpture

The Robotic Chair (1984 - 2006) is a generic-looking wooden chair with the capacity to fall apart and put itself back together.  With shuddering force the chair collapses to the floor, then with persistence and determination proceeds to seek out its parts and upright itself. The Robotic Chair is distinguished in the world of objects for its capacity to illicit empathy, compassion and hope.

The chair will be on display on the third floor, in the Terrace room and will cycle through the action of collapsing and rebuilding continuously throughout the duration of the night.

Max Dean Raffaello D’Andrea & Matt Donovan created this chair that could control its own degree of functionality and possibly its own state of being.


111 Queen's Park (Third floor), 416-586-8080

This project is indoors.