May 20-22, 2022
Gathering people from around the world, the convention aspires to share ideas, build relationships, and grow interest in automata new and old. Beginners as well as some of the premier artists, collectors, historians, and authors in the automaton community plan to be in attendance. The convention will include a variety of private and public programming, including social gatherings, museum tours, panel discussions, live demonstrations, workshops, presentations, and exhibitors.
The AutomataCon will kick off with a social reception on Friday night, followed by two full days of programs, including a mini film festival and a maker’s mash-up. The latter consists of “shop talk” on tools and techniques. Traditionally, the talks and presentations relate automata with art movements, magic, and public entertainment. Programming also includes a kinetic artists panel and a presentation of “What Could Possibly Go Wrong?” with automaton builder Bradley Litwin. The program schedule will be posted on automatacon.org as the date draws near. Featured attendees include upcoming and well-known automata artists such as David Bowman, Rajiv Dholakia, Chris Fitch, Tom Haney, Aaron Kramer, Brad Litwin, and many more.
The convention coincides with the Morris Museum juried exhibition titled A Cache of Kinetic Art: Timeless Movements that is on view through August 28. The exhibition explores broad themes of the human experience and how time manifests in nature through 35 works of kinetic art. Created by 26 artists, these art objects are expressions of measuring, marking, embracing, and resisting time. Some of the artists will be demonstrating their work live at the convention.
On Saturday and Sunday May 21-22, young inventors and can take part in the action and make their own automata in a “make and take” activity in the Spark!Lab. Free with museum admission.
Attendees of AutomataCon 2022 can choose during their pre-registration whether to come to the Friday evening reception, Saturday and Sunday programs, or the entire convention. Day tickets will be sold on-site.
Please note that AutomataCon will be following local and museum policies regarding the pandemic as described on the Morris Museum web site.
For tickets and more information, please go to the AutomataCon website.
- Friday night reception, 6-8 PM
- Saturday, 10 AM – 6 PM
- Sunday, 10 AM – 4 PM