Monthly Archives: December 2008

for art machine fans: The Way Things Go

For those unfamiliar with the 1987 film The Way Things Go by Swiss artists Peter Fischli and David Weiss, you might want to get better acquainted with a film that is essentially the documentation of what might be one of … Continue reading

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Bay Area “Lighted Boat Parade” gets a firey, art machine surprise

Image from aboard the White Holly by Leslie428. This was an event I regret not seeing, though fortunately there’s lots of video: apparently every year the snug, smug North Bay city and community of Sausalito’s Yacht Club has a Lighted … Continue reading

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distributed squirrel cage for parallel processing

He’s a nice man, and he’s got a good point here. This is Douglas Irving Repetto‘s Distributed Squirrel Cage for Parallel Processing (music.columbia.edu). This could possibly make the Internet Archive run faster, if only they implemented the right amount of … Continue reading

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art machines as artists

It struck me when I saw this photo of “Pica the painter robot” from the Center for Intelligent Robots at National Taiwan University of Science and Technology that Pica was not unlike Chico MacMurtrie‘s drawing robot — a big, monkey-like … Continue reading

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time running out to help NIMBY

Image by Scott Beale / Laughing Squid. San Francisco Bay Area industrial arts space NIMBY is where a lot of kinetic and machine art organizations and individuals had collaborative space to create, and it was recenty shut down by a … Continue reading

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the Applied Kinetic Arts show : San Francisco

I was deeply regretful that I missed the opening of the Applied Kinetic Arts show at the Y2Y gallery in San Francisco. It opened on November 21, but fortunately runs through January 23, 2009 so we have plenty of time … Continue reading

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Kinetic Steam Works : call for artists

While not blogging about their insane cowboy adventures going across North America chasing down Case Traction Engines, Kinetic Steam Works is also looking for artists and capable hands willing to ‘upgrade’ to steam art. This Bay Area outfit is ragtag … Continue reading

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anthropomorphic whimsey : Nemo Gould

Image by art at the dump (Gould set): “Guzzler: engine parts, gas pump, baseball bats, 10 speed bike handlebars, vacuum parts, lamp, extension ladder parts, garden soil aerator, golf caddy cart wheels.” Nemo Gould is a beloved Bay Area kinetic … Continue reading

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sharp, shiny, gorgeous, brilliant : the robotic art of Choe U Ram

I insist that you start by clicking right over to the Engadget gallery and video, featuring the steel robotic sculptures of machine art mastermind Choe U Ram. The pieces are from the now-closed show Anima Machines — and are like … Continue reading

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welcome to art machines : Arthur Ganson

Image via eightprime. While it’s tempting to begin this blog with Jean Tinguely, one of my all-time favorite artists in the whole world is Arthur Ganson. Mechanics, kinetics, shape, shadow and illusion are all midwifed into nearly-hallucinogenic articulated imps that … Continue reading

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