|This artwork offers up varying motivation phrases when you pull the handle. Image via BCA's website.|
This show features artwork by lots of amazing makers. I am choosing to not use the word artist here, because several of these folks identify as scientists or engineers instead, but in this show are using that knowledge to create wired-up, beeping, buzzing, motion-sensing little wonders.
When you enter you are greeted by the now-permanent Project Floorish that arrived as part of User Required, a BCA show from last year. A collaboration of several minds, including local marvel John Cohn, it looks like this underfoot at the entrance:
It is all very interactive, and will inspire you to play and make something that before simply wasn't. Artists include Christopher Abrams, Colin Brahmstedt, John Cohn, Maxwell Cohn, Eric Hall, Beatriz Herrera, Ken Howell, Jenn Karson (co founder of Vermont Makers along with John Cohn), Keegan Kuvach, and Kristin Rogers.
|This quirky assemblage by Christoper Abrams opens and closes tiny umbrellas while you watch, thanks to motors and wiring hidden underneath.|
If you missed the recent Vermont Edition on the Maker Movement here in the Green Mountain State, you can listen to it here on the VPR archive.
Still want to know more about what the makers, thinkers, artists, and engineering whizzes of Vermont are up to? Here are a few useful resources:
•The STEAM-e-zine is an online magazine on all things Maker in Vermont. STEAM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math.
•If you feel inspired to make something, on your own or in a class, visit Generator in downtown Burlington under Memorial Auditorium, or visit their website.
•The Vermont FabLab workshop sounds like the most incredible professional development ever, coming this Spring 2015 via UVM, taught by Jenn Karson.