Exhibit Of The Month 17

Automata


This beautiful automata is one of five that form part of our Ramayana exhibition. The unique wind up kinetic models were made by artist John Grayson in 2006 as part of a NESTA (National Endowment for Science Technology and the Arts) Illuminate project called Move It, Touch It, Feel The Rhythm & Do It, this element was entitled "Move It".

Adult Lifeskills students at Shrewsbury College of Arts & Technology worked with storytellers from Mythstories museum and John Grayson to come up with the concepts for each artwork.

After examining Johnís previous automata the students heard the story of the Ramayana, in five 15-minute episodes.

At the end of each episode, one of the students volunteered to take the Ďhot seatí and described an image the story had created in their mind.

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 when you visit the museum today.

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