October 9, 2012 § Leave a Comment
Good news everyone!
Automata now has its own url: AutomataNOLA.org
Look for posts coming very soon about the first Robot Parade hacker/maker meetup. It will be within the next 2 weeks. Start collecting you motors, buttons, gears, wheels, sprockets, and anything else you might want to put into a robot.
Also please vote on what the categories for the prizes should be: https://www.voteit.com/v/4JTT8dRv2JmduLR
June 18, 2012 § Leave a Comment
Due to difficulties in fund-raising this year, we will have to postpone the main Automata exhibit at the Ironworks, and our preview at the Ogden’s Library.
Automata remains a sponsor of the Robot Parade on November 18th (including the Krewe of Spy vs. Spy Flying Robots!).
The Models and Miniatures exhibit at Barrister’s Gallery is also transformed! Several Automata artists will participate, but the focus of the exhibit has changed, and so has the name- it is now called Volatilia, and still runs from November 10 through December 3.
We will continue to post updates about all the exciting developments in the Robot Parade and the re-workings of the exhibit at Barrister’s Gallery. If you have been working on a project for Automata 2012, please do contact us, as we are still working out the details. Otherwise, we look forward to this year’s events and re-organizing for next year’s main exhibit!
In the interlude, some Oskar Schlemmer for everyone:
Das Triadische Ballet
Flight of all sorts is a decent theme to ponder.
January 4, 2012 § 2 Comments
We’re pleased to announce the preliminary schedule for Automata 2012:
*updated 1/21/12* SATURDAY, NOV. 3: Special preview evening in the Patrick Taylor Library at the Ogden Museum of Southern Art, featuring Silver Apples. (please see following entry for further details)
SATURDAY, NOV. 10: Models and Miniatures opens at Barrister’s Gallery (through Dec. 2).
SATURDAYS, NOV. 17 & 24: Automata at The Ironworks.
Deadlines for proposals and submissions (*UPDATED 1/12*):
General proposals, for any exhibit: September 1.
Grants and travel funds will have to be worked out in advance of our fundraising efforts, as we need to make a budget projection. Please contact us by Feb. 5 if you can only participate with financial help and seek it in partnership with our resources and efforts. We are talking with artists and groups about budget concerns and making plans now. We intend to apply for a kickstarter fundraising page by the end of February. We encourage anyone out of state to contact us about coordinating travel expenses with others from your region.
MODELS AND MINIATURES
“A large figure seemed to me false and a small one equally unbearable, and then often they became so tiny that with one touch of my knife they disappeared into dust. But head and figures seemed to me to have a bit of truth only when small.”
Call for project proposals:
Models and Miniatures centers around the maquettes and miniatures of mechanical sculpture and tiny universes- this is an experimental garden focusing on distortions of perspective, biological material, and the proving ground for the future of Automata in general, in the intersections of science and art. The heart of this exhibition will be the pillars of traditional mechanical and kinetic sculpture in model and miniature form; all other proposals should touch on bio-art and the use of art in science and vice-versa, towards the creation of this garden/universe of miniatures. Barrister’s Gallery is a traditional gallery- the indoors is climate-controlled and we will be making use of the courtyard and grotto for outdoor projects. Project proposals do NOT have to be miniature in a literal sense. The overall effect of a garden means that though each project or work of art will stand on its own, the display will not be traditional, and it will be the decision of the curator how the work will be integrated into the overall exhibition, while maintaining the integrity of each work and artists’ intent.
AUTOMATA at the IRONWORKS – our 3rd year:
Call to artists for the 3rd annual Automata exhibition, once again at the Ironworks warehouse at 612 Piety St. in New Orleans! Bring In the Machines.
Mechanical and kinetic sculpture, indoors and outdoors, from traditional automata to the digital and biological and all creaking and clanking and beeping and atomic things in between. This year, proposals for Rube Goldberg machines are highly encouraged.
We’re happy to say that the Ironworks warehouse is becoming more and more weatherproof, and there is ample indoor and outdoor exhibition space for projects of all sizes and capabilities. There are many architectural elements to the building and grounds that can be taken advantage of.
Depending on our fundraising capabilities and success in coordinating with out of state artists, the goal once again is to arrange for consolidated transport from several regions. If you would like to come to New Orleans to be part of Automata, we will do our best to arrange for free or cheap and comfortable accommodations, and to work out the logistics of transporting your work safely here and back. We will need your participation in fundraising efforts to make this possible!
We will hold a fundraising series this spring, first to secure costs of the show. Our main goal once again is to provide grants to artists for materials and projects, as well as to import artists and work from outside New Orleans. Our priority is with local and regional artists, but we’re looking forward to bringing back artists from Alabama, N. Carolina and Texas as well as artists we’ve had our eyes on from points far north, northeast, and west! Look for our now annual Cheap Art Auction and BBQ Raffle in the next few months! Automata and Models and Miniatures are open to international artists, but our ability to help ease the costs of participation is very limited- this should not dissuade you or anyone else from contacting us: email@example.com or in the comments below.
September 13, 2011 § Leave a Comment
Thank you, to all at the Ogden Museum of Southern Art!
From board members to head curator Bradley Sumrall, PR Director Sue Strachan, and the Kohlmeyer Circle, to the super enthusiastic Melissa who, armed with garbage can and broom, was our favorite appreciator, and the very very patient no-nonsense security staff headed by Monica who kept our show running and available at odd hours- and everyone who is employed at the Ogden, who helped us in every detail- this was a lot of fun. We look forward to more!
(This is sooner than you’d think, as several Automata artists are adjusting their spectacles in preparation for an after school class partnership between the Ogden and Warren Easton High’s STEM Academy. We had a great time last week meeting with the STEM students as they toured A Technological Terrarium and look forward to the start of our educational adventure.)
Congratulations to the artists and thanks to Sue Strachan and reporter Chriss Knight of ABC 26 WGNO New Orleans for putting us on television– that was great early (early early early early early) morning surrealism.
Our record of Technological Terrarium is posted on flickr: CLICK FOR LINK
Any further documentation please let us know! Thanks again, everyone- artists and Ogden. Lots more to come.
September 4, 2011 § Leave a Comment
No meeting this week!
However, a piece of news OR TWO: the Models and Miniatures aspect of Automata has a home. Barrister’s Gallery, November 2012.
& a brief note before futher elaboration:
Technological Terrarium at the Ogden Museum
closing reception: Monday, Sept. 12, 6-8pm
with Ratty Scurvics and his Invisible Trio!
free! cash bar!
August 23, 2011 § Leave a Comment
Sunday, August 28
1912 Marais St. (map)
Potluck & BYOB!
August 20, 2011 § Leave a Comment
Everyone interested in Automata is welcome to come to St. Roch Tavern on Sunday, August 21, 1pm. We’ll discuss ideas for the 2012 show and plans for fundraising, teaching, and projects. Until we find a host home for weekly meetings, we should be able to make St. Roch Tavern our regular weekly meeting spot: Sundays at 1pm! The Tavern is 21 & up, pretty quiet in the daytime and plenty of light coming in the windows. Updates will be noted on this blog.
August 15, 2011 § Leave a Comment
Let’s make this a straight-forward and practical missive! Automata 2011 went beautifully- we have a full-fledged fledgling society in New Orleans. Automata is another lively forum of ideas and inventions, in practice and imagined, that follows in line with the alchemist’s dictum: as above, so below. Digital hackers, academics, garage tinkerers, auto mechanics, cabaret dancers, blacksmiths, scientists, gardeners, carpenters, bartenders, entrepreneurs and architects are all intrinsic to the spirit of Automata and what it brings to life in New Orleans.
Also, we’re truly delighted to be part of the great exhibitions at the Ogden Museum of Southern Art this summer. The Kohlmeyer Circle is working towards including technology-based artwork in the museum environs, and we reap the benefits of a new friendship with the staff of the Ogden. This includes the opportunity to start connecting skilled artists with students who want to understand the possibilities of technology and science outside the requirements of the classroom. We hope to work with the Ogden and other institutions who have built up solid educational networks to connect our artists with students, young and old, who can learn from our interdisciplinary approach to art and science.
Some press from Automata 2011 at the Ironworks
(click bold type for links)
All Automata articles! – from Doug MacCash to NolaVie essays–
Walk-through video of the 1st weekend of Automata by Inside Art writer and Gambit Weekly critic D. Eric Bookhardt!
Nicola Krebill on flickr: Automata 2011
(any others: stories, photos, videos, reviews, please pass them on.)
Everyone who worked their asses off, to fund-raise, to set up, to finish their pieces in the nick of time, and to keep them running. Also thanks to Simeon Coxe (Silver Apples) and Wynn LeVert (Amphibian Lark) for the icing and flourish and essence of the cake, and vicariously, our first real sponsors: Euclid Records, New Orleans and PRESS STREET and the Allways Lounge.
Special appreciation goes to Gilbert Buras of the Ironworks and the true gears and cogs of 2011: James Goedert, Bob Snead, Leslie Selting, Tallulah Elvis Poodle, Ember Soberman, Kourtney Keller, William Kirchheimer, James Weber, Lefty Parker, Mark Koven and the N. Carolina crew, and others I will edit this entry to add ad infinitum for awhile.
Also thanks to everyone who supported us with our insane and intense fundraisers– raffle donors, artwork donors and labor and flavor (like: really good cooking &/or drink making) and time donors; host bars and houses, and EVERYONE WHO SPENT MONEY. ALSO EVERYONE WHO MADE STUFF AND DONATED IT SO PEOPLE COULD SPEND MONEY THAT WE SPENT MAKING AUTOMATA HAPPEN. Thank you.
I’m amazed at and grateful for the enthusiastic support of Automata at our fundraisers and the show– from businesses willing to donate, to strangers, art lovers, and unexpected people who suprised me constantly by their excitement and willingness to drop a dollar and their 13th hour on this show. We have benefited from the positive lessons that the Social Aid and Pleasure Clubs have taught us about how to live well and truly. For Automata to survive as a beneficial organism, we must live up to this inspiration.
There is a lot to plan on for fall of 2012. We have already begun. The tentative anchor month is November (of 2012! do not panic but don’t delay).
We plan this time to bring in a contingent from the west coast- the excuse being: Return of the Swarm!
Give them full freedom to run autonomously and take over planet Earth, so long as New Orleans remains the Mothership. Expanding from our designs on the geniuses of Louisiana, N. Carolina and Texas, this West Coast contingent will allow us to bring in quite a catch.
I’ll post this again, but here is a basic break-down of 2012 plans:
The show will be tri-parted and display locations diverse.
A Rube Goldberg Machine Competition
Automata, weekend one and two
Models and Miniatures (a Kircherianum)
I’ve long included “bio art” in the description of and calls for Automata, but this year we are going to concentrate on including bio-art as it relates to the spirit of this show. As a diversion, and long necessary, we are duty-bound to introduce and host a Rube Goldberg Machine Competition to this region. The rest follows….
If you are in New Orleans and interested in being part of Automata 2012 please leave your contact information- we are about to begin weekly meetings and are looking for people with all kinds of skills and ideas to come on by.