Saturday Cinema: Curious Creations
In conjunction with our Curious Contraptions exhibition, this whimsical collection of expressive, short films celebrates wonder, frivolity, and ingenuity using the kinetic properties of the moving image.
Solar Do-Nothing Machine (1957/1995, 2 min.) by Charles and Ray Eames, edited by Eames Demetrios, with music by Richard Marx
Designed in 1957 and true to the filmmakers’ belief that toys are not as innocent as they seem, this machine was one of the first to use solar power to produce electricity.
Dot ( 2010, 2 min.) by Sumo Science
At less than an inch in height, the titular character traverses a landscape of pocket-sized objects and full-sized surprises in this stop-motion animation.
Robo-Rainbow (2010, 3 min.) by Adam Nilsson&
This film documents street artist Akay with one of his “complicated technical solutions to aide in simple acts of vandalism.” With a few tools and a rainbow of spray paints, any wall can be brightened up with color.
Pythagoras Switch (2001–present, 1 min.)
This compilation of five chain-reaction machines produced for a Japanese children’s television show is an innovative, rapid-fire dose of Rube Goldberg entertainment.
Machines (1978–2004, 3 min.) by Arthur Ganson
Renowned kinetic sculptor Arthur Ganson—who makes mechanical art demonstrations and Rube Goldberg machines with existential themes—showcases one of his 36 creations. He has held residencies in science museums and has a permanent installation at the National Inventors Hall of Fame.
The Deep (2010, 2 min.) by PES
Explore an underwater world where fish are made of washers and wrenches instead of flesh and fins.