Visit our small London gallery exhibition, we have an inspiring workshop programme, plus automata from our collection, and a selection of new works.
Artists include Paul Spooner, Keith Newstead, Lisa Slater, Simon Venus, Martin Smith, Richard Hackney and others.
Exhibition and Automata Workshops
13th March to 12th April 2013
“Hidden away in Hold One of the Stubnitz, a dozen precious and intricate machines sleepily await visitors to press their buttons and trigger them into action. Gears and cogs power up miniature performances that are funny, strange and unexpected. These are the automata of the Cabaret of Mechanical Theatre. Here you will find ingenious engineering allied with high art, a mischievous sense of humour, and even the chance to learn something of the art of mechanical movement yourself.
Nearest Tube: Canary Wharf – Take the Montgomery Street exit and cross the pontoon bridge.
Click here for Street Map
Admission Fee (on the door, cash only)
£3.50 Under 18′s and Concessions
Under 5′s Free
Exhibition Opening Times
March 13th – March 26th
Weekdays 12-2pm to 5-7pm
Weekends 12 – 5 pm
EXHBITION CLOSED 27th March to 31st March
1st April to 12th April
Open Daily 12 – 5 pm
Please note there is no step-free access aboard the MS Stubnitz.
The Exhibition and Workshops are in the hold area, which is accessible by two flights of steep stairs only. If you need wheelchair or other assistance please contact us in advance of your visit.
Exhibition Launch 12th March 6 – 9 pm
Join us for a glass of wine at the opening of the Cabaret Mechanical Theatre exhibition and take part in a free workshop – details below.
Tickets: £10 Buy Now (or on the door, cash only)
Automata Workshop Programme (Devised by Stephen Guy)
Ensemble Automata Workshop Event with Cabaret Mechanical Theatre
12th March – 6.30 – 8p.m
Exercise your creative and making skills by building a machine to join a snaking line of linked-up automata. Over 50 machines will form an amazing temporary collaborative moving sculpture which last performed at the V&A.
Uses pre-made components and a big pile of random found objects. No tools or special skills required.
Note: the machines cannot be taken home.
Workshop free with entry ticket to launch event – £10 – see above.
One Day Introduction to Automata-making with Cabaret Mechanical Theatre
23rd March 10 a.m. to 5 pm
A hands-on, experimental workshop that introduces and explores the creative power of cams and cranks. Using pre-made wood and metal components each participant will construct a cam and crankshaft mechanism. Using this mechanism, participants will learn how to harness the kinetic potential of turning a handle and making static objects come alive.
Participants can take their creations home.
£95 per person
Mechanical Art Workshop for Families with Cabaret Mechanical Theatre
3rd April – 2 pm to 4 pm
Connect art and technology by making a mechancial toy or automata. Using a mix of pre-made parts, craft materials, various bits and pieces, and a glue gun, you can make and take home a cam-driven machine which bursts into life at the turn of a handle.
Workshop suitable for all ages over five (under eights will need adult help).
£10 per kit per session
Book now or pay on the door.
Performing Machines and Automata
Step into a backstage workshop where mechanical theatre is made and automata perform at the touch of a button. Excercise your making skills in drop-in hands-on workshops. Make an automata to link to others to create a long snaking line of machines by the end of the evening.
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To book a place visit the Kinetica website.
We will be joined by Keith Good, author of Amazing Machines, and he will guide you through making your own automata from scrap materials to take home.
September 2, 2006 by sarah · Comments Off
Some great activities and workshops are on offer at the 6th MindFest at the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History this Friday and Saturday.
CMT took part in the original MindFest, ‘a gathering of playful inventors’ at MIT in 1999. It was here that the Designing Automata Kit in it’s original form was used in workshops.
During the event we sat on the ‘Artistic Machines’ panel along with Kinetic Artist Arthur Ganson, Hiroshi Ishii and Anne and Mike Eisenberg, the creators of Hypergami, (and now JavaGami) – if you enjoy making our paper cutouts, take a look at the Hypergami Sculpture Gallery.
The success of the original MindFest led to formation of the PIE (Playful Invention and Exploration) Network. You can get a taste of some the activities from the PIE Scrapbook which has been put together by veteran PIE-oneers, Mike Petrich and Karen Wilkinson of the Exploratorium, San Francisco.