automata

Talkin’ Tinkering with the Masters of Automata

Talkin’ Tinkering with the Masters of Automata

The Exploratorium Tinkering Studio invites all of you to join a Google Hangout this Friday, November 21st from 9am to 10:30am (Pacific time) to talk about one of their true specialties—Automata!—with some of their favorite masters of this art/technology. Joining the Tinkering Studio team will be a star-studded group: Artist Keith Newstead (whose pieces are at the top […]

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Miniature Hand-Cranked Marble Machine

Miniature Hand-Cranked Marble Machine

Check out this tiny marble machine.

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Attack of the Killer Tomato

Attack of the Killer Tomato

This fantastic automaton created by Keith Newstead shows a gardener watering a large killer tomato, and just barely getting snapped up the plant’s jaws. Keith built this colorful and charming machine as a donations box for Occombe Farm in Devon, UK.

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Video Profile of Automata Artist Dug North

Video Profile of Automata Artist Dug North

A peek inside the mind and workshop of automata artist Dug North.

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Machine Art: Viking Longship

Machine Art: Viking Longship

The nameplate in the video attributes Steampunk Voyager to Forrest Burnett, who otherwise seems to be a bit of a ghost, online. I’m not even sure this video was posted under his YouTube account, since there is different user forrestburnett with a channel that seems to be documenting original kinetic sculptures.

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Hand-Cranked Machine Blows Uniform Individual Bubbles

Hand-Cranked Machine Blows Uniform Individual Bubbles

Others have remarked about the serene beauty of a complex mechanism precisely engineered to perform a single task, that would be simple for a person, just for the purpose of delighting its operator and/or audience. Witness Air Sculpture, by Japanese automatist Kazu Harada, case in point.

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