Museum of Automata, York, 199x

May 10, 2015


Great collection of automatons in San Francisco

July 1, 2013

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Drinking Man (automation)
This machine was purchased by Mr.Zelinsky in England and shipped to its new home in San Francisco. It was painstakingly restored, while still in England, after 50 years of service. This device was built to reflect a favorite English pastime – an evening at the Pub. Put a quarter in and this marvel will actually “drink” liquid from a bottomless cup, re-circulating the liquid through his arm and back into the cup.

http://www.museemechanique.org/


Michael Landy’s Saints Alive at the National Gallery 2013

July 1, 2013

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Saints Alive! Michael Landy at the National Gallery. All images copyright: National Gallery.

http://www.newstatesman.com/art-and-design/2013/06/michael-landys-saints-alive-bloody-carnage-brought-life-and-mechanised


Classic Automata Film

September 26, 2009

top 12 videos of creepy automata
There is nothing more creepy than the charred remains of a moth eaten victorian doll with rolling eyes and moving limbs. That is the premise for the Oobject’s Halloween list, videos of the most creepy automata in action.

http://www.oobject.com/category/top-12-videos-of-creepy-automata/


Joueuse de Tympanon – automate

September 8, 2009

Karakuri ningyō

June 26, 2008

Karakuri ningyō (からくり人形?) are mechanized puppets or automata from Japan from the 18th century to 19th century. The word ‘karakuri’ means a “mechanical device to tease, trick, or take a person by surprise”. It implies hidden magic, or an element of mystery. In Japanese ningyō is written as two separate characters, meaning person and shape. It may be translated as puppet, but also by doll or effigy. The dolls’ gestures provided a form of entertainment.

Three main types of karakuri exist: Butai karakuri (舞台からくり stage karakuri?) were used in theatre. Zashiki karakuri (座敷からくり tatami room karakuri?) were small and were played with in rooms. Dashi karakuri (山車からくり festival car karakuri?) were used in religious festivals, where the puppets were used to perform reenactments of traditional myths and legends.

They influenced the Noh, Kabuki and Bunraku theatre.Karakuri ningyō (からくり人形?) are mechanized puppets or automata from Japan from the 18th century to 19th century. The word ‘karakuri’ means a “mechanical device to tease, trick, or take a person by surprise”. It implies hidden magic, or an element of mystery. In Japanese ningyō is written as two separate characters, meaning person and shape. It may be translated as puppet, but also by doll or effigy. The dolls’ gestures provided a form of entertainment.

Three main types of karakuri exist: Butai karakuri (舞台からくり stage karakuri) were used in theatre. Zashiki karakuri (座敷からくり tatami room karakuri) were small and were played with in rooms. Dashi karakuri (山車からくり festival car karakuri) were used in religious festivals, where the puppets were used to perform reenactments of traditional myths and legends. They influenced the Noh, Kabuki and Bunraku theatre.


Kirsty Boyle has a great site about her Karakuri research

http://www.karakuri.info/


Fellini’s Casanova- The Dancing Doll Automaton

May 27, 2008

After watching ‘Fellini’s Casanova’ (1976) again yesterday i thought i should post it as it left me with thoughts as to what the film actually means. Specifically the dancing doll automaton and the bird automation – What did they represent?; A reflection of Casanova’s empty and mechanical soul, devoid of real love. We told by Donald Sutherland in the special feature that Fellini detested Casanova’s moral frivolity and compared him to the re-surging ‘well-to do’ scene in Rome at the time. As with other works of Fellini we are left to fill in the pieces.

The doll has definite connections with Olympia from the novel ‘The Sandman’ by E.T.A Hoffman. 1816. Jentsch and Freud used ‘The Sandman’ as the key text in their attempts to define ‘the uncanny’.

(On the psycology of the uncanny, Jenstch 1906),(The Uncanny, Freud, 1919).

Plot: 18th Century Italy. Giacomo Casanova has a reputation as a great lover. He passes through many adventures in search of passion. He meets the aging Marquise d’Urfe who wants him to impregnate her so that she can reincarnate in her child’s body, is jailed as a black magician but escapes, and enters a love-making competition held by the Prince del Brando, along with many other adventures.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0074291/