Mekanikos Vs. The Minotaur by Dug North, 2012
The draft programming schedule is up on the Schedule page. All scheduled events are subject to change. Check back for more details soon.
We are pleased to announce that AutomataCon will host the premier showing of the extremely rare 1928 film, “Le Monde des Automates [the World of Automata],” in the museum’s Bickford Theatre, courtesy of Jere and Steve Ryder of AutaMusique, Ltd. This silent film was meant to accompany Alfred Chapuis’ & Eduard Gélis’ foundational 2 volume book by same name, and which has been effectively ‘lost’ from public view for 70+ years. Originally created as a typical period silent film using hand-driven cameras, an accompanying sound track was added shortly thereafter, making this one of the first Swiss-made sound films. About 25-30 minutes in length, it documents some extremely rare and unique automata and mechanical music, at a very early time. A fabulous historical document.
Due to the overwhelming response from attendees across the United States and the world, we have decided to extend the convention with programming on Sunday, March 20th at no additional charge! Those who purchased Friday/Saturday tickets will now have Friday-Saturday-Sunday tickets, and those who purchased Saturday-only tickets will now have Saturday-Sunday tickets. Programming on Sunday will be less formal, running from 10 AM - 2 PM. Demonstrations in the Guinness Collection will also be given at 2 PM on Sunday. We hope you are excited as we are about this news, and that it does not inconvenience your travel plans. Attendance on Sunday is purely optional, but we expect you'll want to attend if you can.
Applications for Vending or Exhibiting at the convention have been sent to people who indicated that they were interested in that on their ticket form. If you did not receive an application and would like one, please get in touch at email@example.com. Applications are due by January 29th!
Pierrot Écrivain (Pierrot Writing), G. Vichy, Paris, France, c.1895, Photo credit: SFO Museum
Dresseur D'Oiseau by G. Vichy, c.1890
Photo credit: Ed Watkins
The goal of the convention is to gather people from around the world to share ideas, build relationships, and grow interest in automata.
The room block at the convention hotel is sold out, so we have secured another room block at the Westin Governor Morris hotel in Morristown. The discounted rate is $119/night for a Traditional King or Double. You can book at thisweb site or by calling 973-867-3369 and say you are with the Automatacon Convention Room Block.Book by March 4th to get the discounted rate.