Friday, May 04, 2018

Second AutomataCon at the Morris Museum, May 18th-20th, 2018

The next AutomataCon is almost here!

Following up on the successful first event held in 2016, AutomataCon returns to Morristown, New Jersey May 18th–20th, 2018. AutomataCon is a convention of and for artists, collectors, historians, and enthusiasts of automata and related kinetic art. It is a three-day event being held at and in conjunction with the Morris Museum in Morristown, New Jersey, home of the Murtogh D. Guinness Collection of Mechanical Musical Instruments and Automata. The video above shows footage from the event in 2016.

This 2018 event will be somewhat larger in size and scope than the previous event. The Morris Museum will be showing a special exhibition in their large main gallery entitled Curious Characters: a cache of kinetic & interactive art, featuring the work of many talented contemporary artists. As such, the event will celebrate the affinity between historical automata and present-day kinetic art with programs that are for and by enthusiasts of every stripe.

Considering the venue, programs, and the list of attendees, this is certain to be an incredible event!

More information can be found on the website:

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Curious Characters Exhibit at the Morris Museum, March 16, 2018 – June 20, 2018

The Morris Museum in Morristown, New Jersey is about to open the first in a series of exhibits that will span four years. The series is titled A Cache of Kinetic Art and will feature the work of present-day artists, who use both traditional and contemporary media for their kinetic art creations. A sample of the art in the first part of the exhibition, titled Curious Characters, is shown in the video above.

From the Morris Museum website:

Drawing parallels of innovative engineering, design and imagination, and bridging the gap between vintage and contemporary kinetic art, Curious Characters make connections between the technological ingenuity and talent of 19th-century automata makers and artistic individuals of kinetic and interactive figures, inspiring a deeper understanding and appreciation of this unique art form.

The Curious Characters exhibit will run from March 16, 2018 to June 20, 2018. You can learn more about the Curious Characters exhibition on the Morris Museum website.

Monday, July 03, 2017

The passing of "The Village Toymaker", Ron Fuller (1936 - 2017)

It is with great sadness that we share the news that the great toymaker, Ron Fuller, passed away yesterday. He was an early and important figure in the growth of contemporary automata. Certainly, he will be missed. We are, however, left with his example, his writings, and his creations. Ron Fuller will continue to amuse and inspire for generations to come.

Here is a summary of Ron Fuller in his own words from the Craftco website.

Here is a post about the passing of Ron Fuller on the Cabaret Mechanical Theatre website.

Here is a nice article about Ron Fuller from 2010 on the East Anglian Daily Times website.

If you haven't seen the video of Ron Fuller (below), it's a nice profile of the man.

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