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Working with Brass, Part 2 – Bending Brass – Dug’s Tips 14

July 14, 2014 by · Comments Off 

Various tools for bending brass rod, tubing, bar, and sheetsIn the last instalment of this column, we looked at some of the many ways you can cut brass for your automaton project. Once cut, there is a good chance you will need to bend the brass in some way to suit your needs. Let’s take a look at some of the methods for bending brass rod, tubing, bar, and sheets.
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The Science of Conversation

July 2, 2014 by · Comments Off 

We’re delving into the archives to take a closer look at some of Paul Spooner’s automata. This piece is from 2010.

“Although it’s tempting to think of ways in which I might have been foreseeing the current double-headed political situation in Britain, I actually thought of this machine while talking to my dad. I realised that, in many conversations, the listener is just marking time while the talker is in action, waiting for his turn to engage his brain and put in his twopence-ha’porth. (US 10c)” Read more

Finding the Value

July 2, 2014 by · Comments Off 

In 2011 Peter Madsen left his estate to York Museum’s Trust. Amongst is bequest was his art collection. Finding the Value is an exhibition in which commissioned artists respond to items from the collection and open up questions of the inheritance of cultural values.

Artist Simon Venus has created a mechanical tableaux for the exhibition.

Simon Venus describes Passed On as a eulogy, or tribute, to Peter and Karen Madsen. Items from their collection are arranged in three animated tableaux, which play with the dramas of life, death, identity, depiction and portraiture in miniature theatre dioramas.

Passed On explores mortality and transition in both the spiritual and secular worlds. A triptych, referencing religious altarpieces that often included ‘donor’ portraits to commemorate individuals and their families, there are also elements of ‘Cabinets of Curiosities’ with their usually tightly packed, eclectic mix of interestingly labelled objects.

The artist was intrigued by the fact that the collection was given quietly, with no meeting between the donors and York Museums Trust, accompanied simply by a solicitor’s letter and a second, personal letter from Peter Madsen. The importance of these letters in the transfer of the collection from private to public ownership features in the central tableau.

4th July – 2 November 2014
Open daily 10am – 5pm

Free admission

York St. Mary’s