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Sat April 13, 2013

The Great Calculation

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Early calculators were unwieldy, noisy, smelly machines that required constant maintenance. Local mechanical engineer Mark Glusker collects them and museum exhibit designer Maria Mortati explores them. They will be in residence at SoEx to provide a series of lectures, interactive performances, workshops, and an exhibition focused on mechanical calculating machines. Work created by workshop participants will be on display along with the calculators Wednesday through Saturday.

Wednesday, April 10, 2013, 7-9 pm: The Great Calculation Machine Drawing and Dissection Workshop
Accompanied by ambient music from Aero-Mic'd (Cliff Hengst, Scott Hewicker, and Wayne Smith), workshop participants will dig into and take apart several dense, mechanical calculators. Drawing participants will craft images of magnified gears, collaborate on sketching the larger machinery, and make gesture drawings of running motors. Some artwork from the workshop will be folded into a larger exhibit in the gallery.

Friday, April 12, 2013, 7 - 9 pm: The Great Calculation and Music Performance Mark Glusker shares his deep understanding of these complex machines and their historic uses, contextualizing these machines and the culture around them within contemporary technology. The talk culminates with an live calculation performance by eight participants and a musical performance by Mat Dryhurst inspired by the calculating machines. Mat Dryhurst is an artist, musician, curator, and technologist who has performed at numerous venues throughout the Bay Area.
Early calculators were unwieldy, noisy, smelly machines that required constant maintenance. Local mechanical engineer Mark Glusker collects them and museum exhibit designer Maria Mortati explores them. They will be in residence at SoEx to provide a series of lectures, interactive...
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3030 20th Street, San Francisco, CA 94110

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