Curime Batliner

Curime Batliner (b. 1983, Costa Rica) works at the convergence of architecture, 3D animation, interface design and robotics. His work stands out at the top level of the emerging discipline of creative robotics and embodies the shifting relationships between the human and the artificial in the design process. Batliner holds an M.Arch from SCI-Arc. His work has been exhibited at Design Miami and he has worked with clients such as Creative Artists Agency (CAA), ETV and Apple. Other projects include Greg Lynn's RV prototype and the Marxer Active Energy Building in Vaduz. His design research is published at the ICRA IEEE International Conference for Robotics and Automation as well as Robots in Architecture.

At Mexico City’s third annual Mextropoli Festival, SCI-Arc Faculty members Curime Batliner and Jake Newsum were the minds behind “Spheres of Influence,” a temporary installation sponsored by SCI-Arc and supported by Staubli, installed in the patio of Laboratorio Arte Alameda. Centrally located in Mexico’s capital city, the four-day festival brought architects, designers, urbanists, sociologists, artists and citizens together to interpret public space through art, design, and dialogue. 

Part installation and part live performance, "Spheres of Influence" used a robotic system from Staubli to paint layers of graphics abstracted from the city in a series of human-scale spheres. The placement of the spheres along the plateaus of the museum’s patio defined the flow of festival goers between the park--the public space--and the adjacent museum--a semi-private space, “This change in the flow of people, and how they moved through that space, was an analogy of public space in itself,” Batliner says.