Motile refers to the ability to move spontaneously and actively. The word comes from the field of biology and refers to the trait of being able to respond autonomously to one’s environment. A human is motile. An elephant is motile and so is a fly. Ronda and I were attracted to the word motile because we believe it to be a good descriptor of both a kind of artwork being made today and this project in particular.
Motiles function as a generative art platform or an alternative gallery space. A motile has three major components: one part bike, one part metal unit, and one part human. Currently we (myself and motile co-creator The Woman of Steel, Ronda Phipps) have three motiles that have been travelling around since January.