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A Machine for Computing the Names of 13,500 Ventriloquist’s Dummies

March 18, 2015 by · 2 Comments 

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

This machine is reminiscent of one of Paul’s very first machines (1969) which was an art criticism machine that he made while at art school. It is A Machine for Computing the Names of 13,500 Ventriloquists Dummies. Paul tells us more about the mechanics and history of the machine.
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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

THE ONLY NON-SLIP DODO MAT IN THE WORLD

January 6, 2014 by · 1 Comment 

Paul Spooner reviews a refreshingly new exhibition in Falmouth, Cornwall.

The result of collaborations with singers, dancers, actors and other creative types, this show is designed to help answer the oft asked and ofter avoided question; “ Where do you get your ideas from?” Read more

A Goat in the Park

June 24, 2013 by · Comments Off 

A Goat in the Park

Kimberley Park in Falmouth, Cornwall, now has three amazing outdoor automata by makers Paul Spooner, Keith Newstead and Rob Higgs – all who live locally.

Paul Spooner gives us more on the background of his kicking goat design. Read more

A Big Donor – Part III by Paul Spooner

December 12, 2012 by · Comments Off 

The irises are now painted a lovely blue

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A Big Donor – Part II by Paul Spooner

October 26, 2012 by · 2 Comments 

A Big Donor - Part II by Paul Spooner

Arms made and a coat of red paint applied. This colour is as near as I can get to Indian Red, a pleasant earthy colour, not too garish like cadmium reds. Indian Yellow is a different matter; it used to be made by boiling down the urine of elephants that had been fed exclusively on mango leaves. The makers of Liquitex paints no longer use this method, which is a shame in a way but good news for elephants because they prefer a mixed diet. Read more

A Big Donor by Paul Spooner

October 17, 2012 by · 3 Comments 

The Big DonorIʼm making a double-size version of my very popular piece ??The Donor? for Marvinʼs Marvellous Mechanical Museum and I thought Iʼd show the process of making it in excruciating detail. Read more

Paul Spooner at the Exploratorium

April 30, 2012 by · Comments Off 

Paul Spooner TinkeringPaul Spooner has been visiting the Tinkering Studio at the The Exploratorium, San Francisco this month. He took part in the OPEN:Make event on 21st April, and you can see him talking about his work on this webcast, along with other makers from the event, including mechanical artist Nemo Gould.

Jokebots

March 13, 2012 by · 5 Comments 

Jokebot by Paul SpoonerThis Jokebot automaton is a special commission made by Paul Spooner last year as a surprise 40th Birthday present for a collector.
The head of the robot is styled on piece of Swiss cheese. Here are some of Paul’s thought processes and insights into the mechanics of the piece. Read more

Paul Spooner Live

February 2, 2012 by · Comments Off 

Spooner's WorkshopA chance to hear Paul Spooner talk about his work at the Royal Cornwall Polytechnic Society, Falmouth, Cornwall. The talk entitled ‘A View from the Plateau – Mechanical Jokes for people with short attention spans’ should be highly entertaining.

February 16th at 7.30pm.
Tickets £8

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