Friday, May 20, 2022

Automata Convention this weekend @ the Morris Museum


WHEN: May 20, 21 & 22
Morris Museum, 6 Normandy Heights Rd., Morristown

Go to the event website in order to register for one, two or all three days: Automata Convention | AutomataCon

Long delayed because of the pandemic, the Morris Museum will host the 3rd ever Automata Convention.

The programming line-up is a virtual who’s who in the field of automata, ancient-to-contemporary, and has something for virtually everyone. 

2022 AutomataCon—Preview of the 2-day Program Lineup:

  • NJ kinetic artist Rein Triefeldt: The ins-&-outs of moving objects that are made for the great outdoors.
  • Collector Michael Croft: The UK’s Cabaret Mechanical Theatre, its stable of artists and the effect it has had on present-day animated works.
  • Wolfram Koeppe will present the keynote address, Science and Splendor at the Courts of Europe, Renaissance to Enlightenment periods. Dr. Koeppe is the Marina Kellen French Senior Curator, Department of European Sculpture and Decorative Arts, at The Metropolitan Museum of Art.
  • Award-winning artist/sculptor Elizabeth King will present How They Moved: Four Sixteenth-Century Walking Androids.
  • David Bowman, maker of The Mechanical Zoo will introduce us to ‘Hotaru’, ‘Raphaos’ & his newly created ‘Pulpo’, the Octopus!
  • Dr. Anne Ricculli, the Morris Museum’s Guinness Collection Curator moderates a discussion with 3 of the Timeless Movements artists followed by a personalized tour of the exhibit.
  • Follow west-coast artist, designer, sculptor Aaron Kramer demonstrate his method for guiding Middle School students on developing & building their own automata in Artist in Residence, a session that educators will not want to miss.
  • Artist Bradley Litwin will describe what he thought ‘should have’ worked, versus what actually happened & why! in What Could Possibly Go Wrong?
  • Marc Horovitz, Automata Magazine Editor presents Writer in the Workshop–Inside Automata Magazine, a panel discussion with 3 contributing artist-authors.
  • Brett King (right), AutomataCon founder’s own Makers’ Mash-up, where budding makers have a lively ‘shop talk’ sharing of tools & techniques.
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