Exquisite Contraption, collaboration with Flux Factory

We built a building-sized Rube Goldberg machine and it's awesome!

Exhibition dates: by appointment and during select public events now through February 2015.

Flux Factory announces Exquisite Contraption, a collaboratively conceived and constructed machine that spans the entire building to facilitate a weekly “family photograph.” Over the next year, the Flux community will exist inside the machine, activating it at the end of weekly Monday meetings to set into motion a series of automated steps that move throughout the building to announce, instruct, prepare, and photograph those gathered. At the end of its life, Exquisite Contraption will have produced a year-long record of residents and guests who have gathered inside the machine.

Exquisite Contraption is both an interactive, building-wide engineering spectacle and a long-term experiment in creating a community ritual. The work will evolve over time as residents elaborate on the weekly tradition, respond to mechanical failures, and integrate (or not) the machine into their daily lives. Since Exquisite Contraption can be activated at any time, it will be available to the public throughout its year-long run by appointment and during select public events.

Created by Stephanie Avery, Ranjit Bhatnagar, Jason Eppink, Justin Lange, Adrian Owen, Amelia Marzec, Alex Nathanson, Nick Normal, Eric Petersen

Read an interview I did about the project on Impose Magazine!

Exquisite Contraption on the Flux website.