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The performance adventures and novelty acts of Bob Moyler and friends



Bob has persisted with audacious and idiosyncratic amateur and professional performance for over 20 years. Over the years his performances have become directly lived experiments, splicing myth, science fiction, folk, technology, and the ridiculous. Future facing performances that peal away identity and poke about in being. Bob's performances can be intellectually rich but remain unashamedly stupid. Bob welcomes contingency to shape the execution of any performance and will always leave cracks in his work in order to give it a way in. Through this uncontrolled way of being, Bob hopes to achieve honesty and ensure his performances are not mere re-presentations, but are always present in the now. Although Bob is a solitary artist, he rarely works alone. This website contains many friends that have been invaluable in helping Bob along the way to realise his silly visions.

Between 2000 and 2007 Bob was one half of outspoken poetry-based performance duo Thick Richard. Thick Richard performed across a diverse selection of UK venues, from Battersea Arts Centre to Big Hands, Glastonbury to the Leith Dockers Club. They were allegedly the first ever poets to perform at the Reading music festival and are quite possibly partly to blame for the exponential rise of popular spoken word artists in the UK. Thick Richard featured on a number of BBC radio programmes during this time and as the late great Hovis Presley said, they "put the 'how' in show business".

Once Bob had finished with the world of spoken word, he decided to return to his studies and in 2011 obtained a first class honors degree in Media and Performance from University of Salford. Since then he has been constantly pushing his artistic practice in new directions, creating many magical moments and memorable experiences. Performance adventures have included science fiction folk performance at the Edinburgh Arts Festival and Cupar Arts Festival, Scotland; a strange folkloric leafy creature, created during a residency in Bosnia; a hand-sewn cardboard robot on the streets of Liverpool, England. His work has won a number of awards and has received funding from Arts Council England and Creative Scotland, and commissions from Forestry Commission Scotland and Bestival. Bob returned to his studies once again in 2014, receiving his Master of Letters in Theatre Practices at University of Glasgow.

After being awarded the Alastair Cameron Scholarship from University of Glasgow in 2015, Bob began working with the iRobot Roomba 533 as his semi-autonomous research partner, and The Robot and Bob started to explore the possibilities of collaborative cyborg performance. The robot had previous experience of being a vacuum cleaner but to Bob’s knowledge, this was the first time it had worked with humanoids to create art. In 2016 The Robot and Bob performed Drone Dance, a cyborg Morris dance class, at the Buzzcut festival in Govan, Scotland.

On the 15th July 2017, The Robot and Bob presented Hacking The Android Circuit at the Centre for Contemporary Art, Glasgow. Hacking The Android Circuit was a truly original adaptation of Scottish playwright Tom McGrath’s unpublished science fiction comedy The Android Circuit. This performance featured The Robot and Bob’s first collaboration with the Recurrent Neural Network, Torch-rnn.