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Museum to host first-ever installation of maker projects from renowned celebration of art, science and technology
SAN JOSE - Nearly two dozen exhibits from Maker Faire® Bay Area 2012, the wildly popular do-it-yourself technology treasure trove that celebrates the spirit of creativity and invention, are up at The Tech Museum through mid-August.
The display – a first for any museum in the country since Maker Faire’s 2006 debut – marks the start of a partnership between like-minded institutions that recognize and encourage regular people doing innovative things using art, science and technology, said Vice President of Exhibits Lath Carlson.
“Since the inception of The Tech Museum, its focus has been celebrating the spirit of DIY and garage innovation for which Silicon Valley is famous,” Carlson continued. “Maker Faire at The Tech gives visitors a chance to interact with innovative exhibits made by all kinds of people and to make unique creations of their own.”
Twenty exhibits will be housed in a 4,000-square-foot gallery on the museum’s lower level until mid-August. The exhibits – from as far away as Argentina, New York and North Carolina - spring from the imaginative minds of artists, hackers, engineers, crafters and tinkerers. Among the experiential, hands-on collection:
• Art Strobe: Change patterns on a spinning, brilliantly lighted wheel
• Super Skee Ball Shooter: Use motion control to target and launch projectiles
• Posables: Use your skill to make animatronic figures jump on a trampoline or swing
Maker culture is community based, and the Internet provides huge opportunities for networking and information-sharing. The idea of "open source" is expanding to include more than just computer software, and is bringing about more and more DIY innovations through the free sharing of ideas. It affects the work and lives of designers, students, hobbyists, technicians, artists, robot fanatics, Lego fans, crafting devotees, hackers, engineers, scientists, knitters, woodworkers, and others. It's not just about the creations, but also about rethinking the tools, practices, and frameworks of creation as you do it yourself. Then you share it with the world.