A Brief History of Automata

Mechanical Duck, 1738, Jaques de Vaucanson

Mechanical Duck, 1738, Jaques de Vaucanson

An Illustrated Lecture and Demonstration by Mike Zohn, Obscura Antiques and Oddities
Date: Wednesday, April 14th
Time: 7:00 PM
Admission: $5

* Location: Coney Island Museum, 1208 Surf Ave. Brooklyn (please note changed location!)
IN CONJUNCTION WITH THE  CONGRESS OF CURIOUS PEOPLE

In this illustrated lecture, Obscura Antique and Oddities‘ Mike Zohn will demonstrate his 19th Century taxidermy automata, as featured in last year’s Carnivorous Nights Taxidermy Contest. He will explain its curious mechanisms, and, in an illustrated lecture, will introduce us to the history of these fascinating uncanny machines, tracing their trajectory from tools of religious coercion to prince’s plaything to Disney’s imagineering experiments.
Mike Zohn is co-proprietor of Obscura Antique and Oddities. He fixes automata in his spare time.

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