On The Cusp, Longlist - Lockdown

Maserati, Tornado Ex Machina

Mau Morgó

Object & Animal

A dream has come true: i’ve finally created a device that replicates nature, i’ve built my own tornado machine, which is powered solely by the force of three @maserati cars. Two years ago during a road trip through Arizona and Utah I stumbled across a dust devil in the road. I became obsessed, how nature was manifestating its invisible force, the wind, it was its creation, this ephemeral, beautiful and fearless being that dances and destroys at its will. I then started studying, researching and understanding how to build a machine that could recreate what I once saw, and obviously control, just as humanity has been trying to do since it exists. And it happened.

Visual artist, creative, problem solver and director focused on creating unique experiences and experimental films, for brands, festivals and museums, Mau Morgó pursues work at the intersection of art and technology. Starting as a graphic designer, he has since undertaken a wide range of projects including film and animation, 3D printing, VR, concerts with smartphones as instruments, publishing, and installations. He has exhibited at: Au Palais de Tokyo (Paris), the New Museum (NYC), and at festivals Primavera Sound, and Sonar Festival. He has worked for brands such as Lexus, Samsung, Converse, Ford, Bombay Sapphire, Acer, and Seat as well as musicians A$AP Rocky, FKA Twigs, Spoon, Little Dragon, and Cut Copy. After winning two Golden Laus and the Grand Laus Award, he was invited to design their entire 45th identity and ceremony. During his first keynote speech, Mau staged his own death at Offf Festival 2015 as a commentary on the ephemeral nature of ideas. He lived to tell the tale.