Machine Drawing & Dissection Workshop
Early calculators were unwieldy, noisy, smelly machines that required constant maintenance. Local mechanical engineer Mark Glusker collects them and museum exhibit designer Maria Mortati explores them. They will be in residence at SoEx to provide a series of lectures, interactive performances, workshops, and an exhibition focused on mechanical calculating machines. Work created by workshop participants will be on display along with the calculators Wednesday through Saturday.
Accompanied by ambient music from Aero-Mic'd (Cliff Hengst, Scott Hewicker, and Wayne Smith), workshop participants will dig into and take apart several dense, mechanical calculators. Drawing participants will craft images of magnified gears, collaborate on sketching the larger machinery, and make gesture drawings of running motors. Some artwork from the workshop will be folded into a larger exhibit in the gallery.