AutomataCon is a convention of and for artists, collectors, historians, and enthusiasts of automatons and related kinetic art. It is a three-day event being held May 18th - 20th, 2018 at and in conjunction with the Morris Museum in Morristown, New Jersey, home of the Murtogh D. Guinness Collection of Mechanical Musical Instruments and Automata.
The goal of the convention is to gather people from around the world to share ideas, build relationships, and grow interest in automata new and old. The convention will include a variety of private and public programming, such as social gatherings, museum tours, panel discussions, live demonstrations, workshops, presentations, and an exhibition.
This 2018 season’s experience will be somewhat larger in size and scope than before. Simultaneously, the Morris Museum will be showing a special exhibition in their large main gallery entitled “Curious Characters,” a cache of kinetic & interactive art, featuring the creative energy and vitality of kineticism as expressed through the living form: figures, be they human, animal or fantasy. As such, our event will celebrate the affinity between historical automata and present-day kinetic art with programs that are for and by enthusiasts of every stripe. Please come join in the celebration!
The idea for a convention stemmed from the fellowship shown on theAutomata / Automaton Group and Mechanical Adventuresgroups on Facebook. Like the Facebook groups, I feel that the true value of the convention is in the relationships built and knowledge shared when passionate people of common interest come together. As such, the success of the convention depends on the attendees. It has been and will be what we make of it.
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