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Spooner Talk at Trelowarren 12th Sept 2006 6.30pm

August 23, 2006 by · Comments Off 

The Fisher GirlBook a place, (a snip at £5) at Paul Spooner’s forthcoming talk at Trelowarren, Cornwall.

You will be thoroughly entertained as Paul discusses his pieces in the current ‘Smile’ exhibition, as well as an almost complete history of everything else he has ever made.. including the lovely ‘Das Fischermadchen’ (2005) pictured.

The Fisher Girl’s skirt is filled with 27 tiny painted fish, which gently undulate as the handle is turned.

Note: If you are planning to go there pay careful attention to the map before you set off, my visit last week was considerably delayed by visiting the village of Gweek three times.
Die Fischermadschen

Kinetica Museum set to open in London this October

August 16, 2006 by · 2 Comments 

Kinetica MuseumKinetica, a brand new museum devoted to Kinetic art will open in a fantastic new two storey building in London’s Spitalfields Market in early October 2006.

The first museum of it’s kind in the UK, Kinetica, is the vision of it’s artistic director, Dianne Harris. Dianne’s success with the Luminaries, (a series of three exhibitions in 2002) inspired her to pursue the idea of a permanent venue for this type of art.

As she says, ‘This ‘wave’ in reference to the metaphor of our ‘great’ machine ‘the Universe’, has inspired generations of artists to explore scientific discoveries and challenge technological life’.

Kinetica will showcase the most cutting-edge U.K and international contemporary New Media art alongside pioneering works from the recent past, with a revolving permanent collection and at least six temporary exhibitions each year, as well as seminars, workshops, discussions and special events.

New Hunkin Telescope excites Pier Visitors

August 11, 2006 by · 1 Comment 

Tim Hunkin revealed the latest machine for his Under the Pier Show in Southwold, Suffolk, earlier this week.

As Hunkin says, ‘The problem with ordinary seaside telescopes is that they are monotonous. The Quantum Tunnelling Telescope solves this problem by concentrating on interesting events over the horizon, under the waves and into the future’.

Last chance to visit CMT exhibit in Iowa

August 10, 2006 by · Comments Off 

Scarab WrapperIf you can get to the Science Station in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, USA before 15th August you will be able to see our USA touring exhibit of Amazing Amusing Machines there. This popular show was held over during the Summer and has 20 exhibits chosen for their intriguing mechanisms.

The labelling for these exhibits is superb – (thanks here to The Science Museum of Minnesota). As well as background information on the piece, a focus on the mechanisms, each one even has it’s own haiku.

This one is for the Scarab Wrapper (pictured)
Pin gear, spin below,
Set Anubis in motion.
Mummify the bug.

A Cabinet of Curiosities

August 9, 2006 by · Comments Off 

A Cabinet of Curiosities is the name of an exciting new CMT Virtual Exhibtion which will be available on DVD from the beginning of November 2006.

The contents of the cabinet, (ranging from new paper cutouts to life size robots, new limited editions, works from new artists, antique automata, ephemera and other favourite things), will be available for purchase at an on-line private view on 30th November 2006 (from 16.00 hours GMT).

You will be able to order your DVD from the online shop next month.


Markey and Spooner in ‘Smile’ Exhibition

August 9, 2006 by · Comments Off 

The Dormitory by Paul Spooner‘Smile’ is the title of the current exhibition from the Cornwall Crafts Association at Trelowarren until 17th September 2006.
The exhibition includes Paul Spooner’s ‘The Dormitory’ (Private Collection) a new piece (pictured) which Spooner describes as a female version of his 1983 piece The Dream. The label refers to the English practice of turning their children into orphans by sending them off to boarding school as soon as they are house-trained. Also on show is a new Piano Player from Peter Markey.

Der Butcheroper upcoming performance

August 4, 2006 by · Comments Off 

Der ButcheroperIf you fancy an evening stroll down to the National Theatre on Sat 19th August (around 10pm in the Watch This Space area outside the NT) you will be able to watch a performance of the adult puppet show ‘Der Butcheroper’ by the Society of Wonders.

Attendees at the private view of Paul Spooner’s ‘A Day at the Butcher’s’ Exhibition (2004) will have seen the premier performance of this long-running production, many still have the tiny crocodiles to prove it.

Butcher Flyer

RIAS Ark Exhibition – Japan

August 3, 2006 by · Comments Off 

Fugu Eater by Paul SpoonerOver 30 pieces of automata, including the Fugu Eater (pictured) will be on show at the Rias Ark Museum of Art in Japan until the end of August. The pieces are all from the Fourteen Ball Toy Co and are presented by Molen (CMT Japanese licensee – as you know even though we are called ‘Cabaret’ we are not sleazy…)
July 14-August 31 2006
Closed on: Mondays, Tuesdays, Day after National Holidays.

138-5 Akaiwamakizawa section
Kesennuma city,
Miyagi prefecture,
JAPAN 988-0171
Tel: 0226-24-1611

A Day in the Life of Paul Spooner

August 1, 2006 by · Comments Off 

Featured in the current (July/August 2006) edition of ‘Modern Painters’ magazine, novelist Geoff Nicholson catches up with Paul Spooner and finds him creating blasphemous automata (Pictured – ‘Faith and Reason’ 2006, Private Collection) and throwing his mistakes into a woodburning stove. It follows on nicely from Nicholson’s catalogue introduction to Paul’s exhibition ‘A Day at the Butchers’ (2004).
Note: If you manage to get a copy of the magazine, the photo used in the article, (not this one) was taken by Tim Hunkin, using a camera made out of a large road sign, hence the hallucinatory quality.