April 6, 2007 by sarah · Comments Off
There was a fantastic opening party for the CMT and Ride of Life Exhibition at Kinetica last night. Guests were enthralled by the range of automata old and new, it was a great launch for the show. Guest Chris O’Shea took some great pictures and as he says:-
‘I can safely say that this one of the most beautiful, playful and magical exhibitions I’ve been to for a long time. My photos don’t do it justice, you need to go and see them moving in real life. It has a real feeling of British crazy backyard inventor to it, mixed with detailed tiny models to large scale automata.’
One of the most exciting pieces is Will Jackson’s Robo Thespian (pictured) – Photo: Chris O’Shea.
March 26, 2007 by sarah · Comments Off
Ron Fuller is currently restoring the Adam and Eve pubic bar, the only remaining complete scene from the Ride of Life. The bar will be operational at our exhibition at Kinetica from 6th April to 5th May.
To give you a flavour of the completed scene, here are some of Ron’s words from 1989.
Welcome to the pubic bar of the Adam & Eve English Pub
Your average ‘Soup in the Basket’, gas ‘ever-burn fake log fire’, road house. Smells of stale cider, cigar buffs, & unemptied spittoons. The landlord (Adam) & the landlady (Eve) are in their ‘birthday’ suits – the landlord pulls pints (0.5lt) of Black Shaft English lager and wipes the drips off the counter. The landlady smokes, drinks, waves, & winks. The ‘Viking’ motor bike fruit machine man is the snake in the grass – the beast that bites. To be decent Eve’s breasts are hidden by the cider pumps, but to tell you they are still there they pulse with light. the whole scene pulses, throbs, goes up and down. in and out -
FERTILITY + CREATION. We can’t wait….
March 23, 2007 by sarah · Comments Off
Tim Hunkin’s talk ‘Popular Art’ (11th April 6pm) will be the first in a series of talks at Kinetica to coincide with the CMT retrospective and Ride of Life exhibition which starts on Friday 6th April. Tim’s Chiropodist (1986), originally made for CMT in Covent Garden, will be treating visitors’ feet throughout the exhibition, which runs until 5th May 2007.
April 6th to May 5th 2007 – Kinetica, Old Spitalfields Market, London E1 6AA
This fascinating new exhibition will trace the story of Cabaret Mechanical Theatre from its birth in 1979 as ‘Cabaret’ – a crafts shop in Falmouth, Cornwall. Featuring over 80 pieces of automata from the past 28 years, as well as some new commissions.
The upper floor of Kinetica will be devoted to The Ride of Life, a major CMT project from 1989. Although most of the 25 life size automated scenes were completed by the artists, the Ride was never installed at its intended destination – Meadowhall Shopping Centre, in Sheffield.
This exhibition tells the story of the Ride, and will display the one remaining complete scene, – Ron Fuller’s Adam and Eve Pubic Bar, alongside parts from other scenes including Tim Hunkin’s ‘Living Room’ – where the Ride was to have started off with visitors seated on their travelling sofas, and Paul Spooner’s ‘Main Street UK’.
Talks and Screenings to be announced.