Saturday, January 26, 2008

Kircher Society Essential Library of Automata

An encyclopedic list of books on the history, art, and science of the automaton compiled by Dug North, Kircher Society Resident Automatist and the author of The Automata/Automaton Blog. Check out the list here. Find out more about the art and history of automata here, here, and here.

Above video of automaton from the Automatomania website. Description of video, from YouTube: "A late 19th century stage automaton, designed to be driven by a hand crank from under the stage. She is larger than life. Made of Papier Mache, she moves her eyes, eyelids, head turn and nod, heaving chest, bend at waist, cross legs, both arms and right wrist."

1 comment:

Octopus Grigori said...

Great blog.

I'm also intrigued by automatons, especially since I came across Vaucanson's duck in Mason & Dixon (as you know, Vaucanson's duck was so realistic, it ate grains, "digested" them, and then pooped).