I was thrilled to host a panel discussion yesterday at Maker Faire with some of my favorite kinetic artists: Nemo Gould, Ben Cowden, Reuben Margolin, and Greg Brotherton. I was joined on the panel by Amy Brotherton, co-owner of Device Gallery in San Diego. The talk was entitled “Fantastic Contraption: The Device Artists,” referencing the gallery and a show they mounted there last year, but also speaking to the incredible, out of this world techno-art these folks create. All of these artists are actually here as part of a larger group of Bay Area artists called Applied Kinetic Arts which also includes Jonathan Foote, Carl Pisaturo, Kal Spelletich, Alan Rorie, Mark Galt, Janine Miller-Fritz, and Christopher T Palmer. The work they’re showing is amazing, so if you get a chance, stop by their exhibit area in Expo Hall.

Above is a video interview my son Blake shot of John Edgar Park of Make: television interviewing Greg Brotherton about his piece Pendulum.

Applied Kinetic Arts

From the Maker Shed:


Device Volume 1: Fantastic Contraption from the the Maker Shed celebrates the genius of invention and ingenuity with a showcase of works from an international roster of artists including — H.R. Giger, Ashley Wood, Stéphane Halleux, Viktor Koen, Christopher Conte, Gregory Brotherton, Mike Libby, Nemo Gould, and many others. Foreword by our very own Senior Editor, Gareth Branwyn.

Gareth Branwyn

Gareth Branwyn

Gareth Branwyn is a freelance writer and the former Editorial Director of Maker Media. He is the author or editor of over a dozen books on technology, DIY, and geek culture. He is currently a contributor to Boing Boing, Wink Books, and Wink Fun. And he has a new best-of writing collection and “lazy person’s memoir,” called Borg Like Me.