Walking Tables and Wrestling Foals (at New York MoMA, not at Machine)

For any Machine Project fans in New York, here’s a repost of a Machine Project/Doug Repetto event happening at MoMA:

Walking Tables and Wrestling Foals: A Hands-on Workshop and Musical Performance

Friday, December 4, 2009, 2:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

more info here: http://www.moma.org/visit/calendar/events/7642

Join Machine Project for a day of woodworking, mechanical mayhem, and cute baby horses. Participants collaborate with artist Douglas Repetto in manufacturing a herd of “foals”—simple walking tables—small tables that actually “walk” across the floor—handmade from scrap wood and basic mechanical parts. The foal-building workshop is a humorous take on issues central to the Bauhaus movement, including the relationships between form and function and between craft and mass production. At the end of the afternoon the foals are let loose in MoMA’s Education and Research Building. Musicians from the experimental chamber ensemble WetInk provide musical accompaniment with improvisations informed by the movements and intersections of the foals. Poet Joshua Beckman reads traditional ceremonial foal poems of his own devising. Foal pandemonium or peaceful frolic? There’s only one way to find out! Workshop participants and audience members may adopt a foal. Take-home foal-building plans are available.

Workshop: 2:00–6:00 p.m.
Performance: 7:00–8:00 p.m.

This program is free and participation is on a drop-in first-come, first-served basis. All materials are provided. Open to ages 15 and up.

In conjunction with the exhibition Bauhaus 1919–1933: Workshops for Modernity.