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NESTA
automata working model by John Grayson

In August 2006 the museum's display on the Ramayana was enhanced under the Illuminate programme of NESTA (National Endowment of Science, Technology and the Arts).

The NESTA funded project was entitled Move It, Touch It, Feel The Rhythm & Do It, this element was entitled "Move It".

"Move It" was created in summer 2006 by automata maker John Grayson, adult Lifeskills students at Shrewsbury College of Arts & Technology and storytellers from Mythstories museum.

automata working model by John Grayson

The students looked at automata made by John.

Then they heard the story of the Ramayana, in five 15-minute episodes while viewing the museum's collection of Dez Quarréll's paintings of the epic.

At the end of each episode, one of the students volunteered to take the ‘hot seat’ and described an image the story had created in their mind not depicted in any of the paintings.

By answering questions put by the other students, detailed descriptions of five key kinetic moments were built up.

John Grayson used these descriptions to create the automata you can move today. The photographs here are of two card prototypes of the automata that John made during the design stage.


If you want to read an evaluation of what the students got out of this project click HERE.



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