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Automata: Curious Arts with Moving Parts

February 21 | 7pm - 9pm

At McMenamins Kennedy School

Science Pub Portland: Automata: Curious Arts with Moving Parts

Samantha Cobb, sculptor, practical effects artist, automata builder.

Feb 21, 7-9PM | Doors @ 6PM | Advance tickets recommended; $5 suggested donation

Cultures around the world tell tales of human fabrications that mimic the gods’, breathing life into their own simulacrum of creation. From Talos the mythical mechanical guardian of Crete, to the toys and contraptions of the modern era, artists create sculptures that dance, shoot arrows, draw pictures, play instruments, and fascinate the minds of the curious and the clever. In this talk, we will explore the fascinating history of figurative mechanical art- the automaton- from ancient myth to current artists redefining the genre. Sam will discuss the process she takes to create her own mechanical works, from fevered sketches to complete and moving sculptures.

Sam Cobb was born to create. The first week of kindergarten brought a prophetic warning from her teacher "You have an artist on your hands". After a fateful day in second grade when two fellow student set off a bidding war for her drawing, Sam knew it was her calling. As a sculptor and practical effects artist, Sam has been featured on Dirty Jobs 2007 Halloween special, SyFy Channel's first season of Face Off, is a recurring guest with the team at Adam Savage’s Tested.com, and has just finished her term as a sculptor/prop maker on Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio. She creates automata as a means to learn new techniques and challenge herself creatively.

Zoom Option
If you are unable to join us in person, you can watch on zoom. You must register in advance using this link. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Check out the FAQs below for answers about COVID guidelines, food options, parking, etc.

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Is a Zoom option available?

If you are unable to join us in person, you can watch on zoom. You must register in advance via the ticketing page. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Are there any COVID-19 guidelines or recommendations?

Masks are optional but highly recommended for all guests.

There is an fresh air refresh system in the theater.

Are tickets required?

Science Pub at McMenamins Kennedy School Theater is a ticketed event. To guarantee a seat at this event, purchase your ticket online. Please show your ticket at the check-in table in front of the theater upon arrival.

We will have a limited amount of tickets available at the check-in table, if the event sells out online. At-the-door tickets are first-come, first-served and admission will remain a suggested donation.

Parking is free for the event. Doors open at 6PM.

Will food be available for purchase?

Kennedy School Theater has everything from pizza to burgers to popcorn and candy. Food and drink are welcome in the theater.

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