January 28, 2011 § 1 Comment
Anybody want to start a robot war?
Thomas Little does.
January 28, 2011 § Leave a Comment
Chris Deris is one of the most meticulous artists I’ve ever met, whose work surpasses the facts of the machine: playful, sinister, erotic, and funny. The means to the end are not in a hurry, either. At last year’s Automata, not a few who cranked the handles of his piece “Intimacy Machine” felt the vapors. To quote a local musician, who had to recruit a stranger to crank the other handle, “I was mortified and thrilled… I got that.. I had to blush.”
January 24, 2011 § Leave a Comment
We need to raise at least $10,000 to expand the show this year: to bring in artists and their work from across the U.S., give small grants to Louisiana artists for materials, pay for the space, and all other expenses, including the great DJ Micronaut’s talents.
Along with another team of friends, we’ve developed several fronts in the money-raising battle:
2) business/corporate/private sponsorships
3) a huge party (after Mardi Gras)
4) a “Cheap Art Auction” in late February
4) selling booze
All Automata artists are encouraged to participate in any way they can. Without your help we can’t bring you here from outside New Orleans, and we can’t work inside New Orleans without paying the rent! Our fiscal sponsor is 501c3 arts non-profit The Black Forest Fancies. If you want to support the show, your donation is tax deductible.
Kickstarter rewards ideas:
-a 40 minute cd of voudou ceremony field recordings from Haiti by sound installation artist Rob Peterson
-a dvd collection of artist interviews and footage from Automata 2010 (& possibly 2011) by Simon Dorfman of Gumbo Labs
-something really really cool that’s handmade by selected artists for the big bucks
We need your help.
Also, if you are in New Orleans, this weekend is the last to see Goedert’s show at Antenna Gallery: Machines on Paper. Go! A car turned into a drawing machine!
January 24, 2011 § Leave a Comment
January 5, 2011 § Leave a Comment
years and years ago I saw a film about Niki de Saint Phalle at the Castro theater in San Francisco. I wasn’t as much into her gardens and whales as I went in expecting, even if one of my dreams is to make a really big insane garden. All I wanted to know about was, who made that war machine? Who made those gears and wheels in the park? I’m sort of a numb-nut. It wasn’t until a trip to Europe after Katrina, to look for friends who’d left afterwards, either back home or just to find new roads, that I ran smack into the guy, in Basel, where a few living friends also happened to be, some to work the art fair- I’d just gone to see a friend who lived there, and the art fair is another story.
“There is a famous Swiss scultptor… artist.. uh, let’s go to the fountain, you’ll see.” Tinguely. My friend said his name a few times in ways that different people prounounce it, so she could make sure I knew how to pronounce it right, not like “tingly.”
“Well, that’s him,” I said, and stared at the fountain for as long as my friend let me, before she took my coat sleeve to show me where Erasmus was buried.
Basel, Switzerland, and Tinguely, ended up a zeitgeist for some of us. The New Orleans Airlift formed there, and collaboration with Swoon began there, and so did Automata and all things that intersect.
January 4, 2011 § Leave a Comment
The work of Casey Curran ,who lives and works and shows in Seattle. I found out about his Ernst Haekel-inspired pieces through working on the Multispecies Salon 3: Swarm. Though we were not able to bring his work to New Orleans for the Swarm exhibit, I’m delighted we have another chance.
There are many artists, in New Orleans, Louisiana, and beyond, that I’d like to start off highlighting all at once. Let’s start here!
We are finally able to start the fundraising planning in urgency. A combination of previous obligations, holidays, and local tumult has delayed it all. We plan a three-fold strategy: kickstarter, local patrons, and corporate sponsorship. This year I’ll need to raise about 12-15 grand to pull off what I see is the next step.
The first Automata was run on a shoestring and a delayed month’s rent and the interest from out of state was surprising, let alone the crowds, people of all ages and walks of life who thoroughly enjoyed the magic. It’s apparent that without funding to bring in artists who work in kinetics, robotics, and beyond, that we could run the show as it stood last year– but that’s not the point. There’s a universe of ingenious inventors who are looking not just for places to show off, like at Burning Man or MIT, but for arenas to share ideas in. Louisiana is full of garage tinkerers and inventors, like everywhere else; our schools don’t teach trades any more- the knowledge and tradition is passed down from generation to generation.
This arena is something as a painter I have trouble summarizing and certainly can’t speak the language of; there are inventors and kinetic sculptors who are sponsored by institutions whose skills and ideas are integrated into industry– like biotech and biomedical and the infinite applications of robotics, and their ideas with backing bring more and more access to new materials and the finest of traditional materials; there are also those who work in trades who work with whatever they have, to create things of wonder for people they know. There are gearheads, train freaks, machinists, woodworkers, cam-grinders, magnetics attache’s, whimsy-makers, glossy-eyed programmers, people who like to blow things up… all of this makes Automata, and how it should be year after year. It’s a trade show, a theater show, and an art show.
I was inspired to pull together the first Automata by the work of the infinite cam-maker,Taylor Lee Shepherd and like-minded friends in New Orleans, whose work is not very well documented. We all found a great universe in Automata. I can see a lot in store for New Orleans beyond this show, whether we can raise money to bring in out of state artists or not this year. Please stay tuned for videos of last year’s show, and promotions to help us raise enough funds to bring in work like Casey Curran’s and others, from Massachusetts, the Bay Area, Austin, and Asheville. More artist highlights, too.
Visit videos of Casey Curran’s work on vimeo:
Blind Spot and more.
December 12, 2010 § Leave a Comment
Planning has begun.
Automata is now rescheduled. It will take place Saturday, April 2 through Saturday, April 9, 2011. Also, the Models and Miniatures aspect is location TBA. Changes have been marked in the Call to Artists post.
Of note: some tandem adventures in the works, in the neighborhood, that will intersect with Automata!
First of all, a project long in the works and finally coalescing:
SWOON’S DITHYRAMBALINA – A MUSICAL HOUSE , which just happens to be down the street from Automata’s home base, on Piety St.
- there will be examples of the musical kinetics and machinery throughout Automata, a sort of preview and practice run.
Next, The Engine will stop at Ironworks on its tour of New Orleans, on a Sunday evening TBA.
Please excuse my absence– the last show is finally on the shelf, almost almost, and it’s time to devote all to Automata. We will have news on fundraising and begin to work out logistics of transport and artist housing in the coming few weeks.
October 17, 2010 § 1 Comment
Working on Multispecies Salon, which opens this November. Please forgive me for slow response– I will be able to post more and correspond in a more timely way in December.
Meantime, I welcome all emails to firstname.lastname@example.org or questions here regarding Automata.
An exquisite piece by Chris Fitch:
September 24, 2010 § 2 Comments
kinetics, robotics, new media, bio art
Call to artists- please forward and post.
Outside New Orleans– deadline for submissions: February 18, 2011
Inside Louisiana: contact by Feb. 18.
The Old Ironworks warehouse, 612 Piety St.
New Orleans, Louisiana
April 2-9, 2011
Open Saturdays, 5-10pm
with special appearance by The Engine on a given Sunday,
and by appointment
Companion exhibit: Models and Miniatures
kinetic models and studies, miniatures, cabinets, and dioramas
This is our second exhibition of kinetic sculpture in New Orleans. It is open to any and all artists working in kinetics, robotics, programming, models, machinery, and bio art. Submissions for the companion exhibition, Models and Miniatures, is open to anyone working in the above arenas as well as miniatures, cabinets, or dioramas.
Images of sample work or proposed work for Automata or Models & Miniatures, with brief description and contact information.
Please send submissions to:
Myrtle von Damitz lll
or leave a comment on the blog.
Images of Ironworks on Flickr.
This is an early notice— I am working on funding sources, including Kickstarter. If you are able to assist in volunteering or in funding sources, including grant opportunities and private sponsorship, please let me know. Our fiscal sponsor for any donation is The Black Forest Fancies, a 501C3 non profit based in New Orleans. I would like to provide for shipping of work from outside New Orleans for the show as much as possible, as well as assist artists and tradesmen in New Orleans with materials. I’m happy to help arrange for host lodging for any artist who can make the trip to New Orleans for the show with their work. If anyone is willing to drive to New Orleans with work from any region in the U.S., please send me a note.
Link to the review by Doug MacCash in the Times-Picayune of the first Automata at the Candle Factory in May, 2010.
Myrtle von Damitz lll