Linkages - endless tinkering possibilities related to mechanical motion


Here's a little inspiration in the form of linkages -- from our friends, Gautham and Vanya, at the Shristi School of Art, Design and Technology in Bangalore. When they were in residence with us earlier this year, we started talking about exploring linkages as part of our mechanical motion and automata work. They shared these beautiful videos of work they've done with kids in Bangalore. Their creations are so beautiful and expressive, and made with such simple materials. From a basic building set consisting of strips of wood, drilled and attached at different points, you can get such different movements and narratives. Enjoy....


They shared lots of videos with us, but these two were my personal favorites:
(Notice in one with the elephant -- they've even added a circuit!)

bos-link-rajP7260009 from The Tinkering Studio on Vimeo.

Clip #68 from The Tinkering Studio on Vimeo.

Another fun way to think about linkages is three-dimensionally.  Keith Newstead did a residency with us years ago and was the first to introduce us to this idea, since linkages are one of his go-to tricks for creating very sophisticated movement (that and the crank slider).

Some of his early work, like the Brassy Dragon seen below, used metal almost exclusively - he's masterful at manipulating that material. Most of the linkages are hidden, but see if you can spot a few:

Here's a collection of images showing automata Keith created out of trash - we want him to come back for another residency to work with us more on this idea. They're loaded with linkages:

Here's a video showing the frog in motion:

frog movie - Keith Newstead's trash automata from The Tinkering Studio on Vimeo.

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