Eventbrite - 2013 Boston Inventgenuity Festival



Boston’s third annual Inventgenuity Festival, presented by Beam Camp, fills the Arlington Center for the Arts with fun and engaging hands-on activities. With public projects and workshops led by Beam Camp’s faculty of artists, engineers and big thinkers, the Inventgenuity Festival has become a popular annual winter celebration of making things for kids and their parents.

At the Inventgenuity Festival, kids will playfully and productively investigate the common DNA digital technology and manual mechanisms. In two days of hands-on workshops and on-going collective projects led by expert makers and manipulators of sound, image, electricity, and motion kids will explore this year’s theme, DIGITAL BY HAND.

Says Beam Camp’s Co-Founder Danny Kahn: “We love watching kids jump behind and beyond the screen to discover how the magic is made and meeting the artists and engineers that make it through nothing less than hard work, persistence and imagination. We feel it’s our job, our mission really, to physicalize and make play out of concepts that are generally veiled in mystery and expertise.”

In the weekend’s big Project designed by Allen Riley, “The Physical Video Processing Unit,” kids will become the bits and bytes of a room-sized video machine creating filters and video effects with their bodies and a VHS tape. Participation in the project is free.

Attendees may also sign-up for one of the rotating slate of 45-minute workshops. Scheduled workshops will explore DIGITAL BY HAND through Hand-powered Animated GIFs (Brett Van Aalsburg), Crazy Cursor Bots (Reid Bingham), Origami LED Pixels (Susan Ngo), Embroidered Emoticons (Julie Schneider), and LED Fortune Tellers (Eun Jung Park).

As a free, drop-in workshop, attendees can change the way they see the world! Explore early animation and image devices with deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum’s new summer program the hive: connecting kids to art, ideas, and nature.

Kate and artist Patrick Guerrero will be doing things with zoetropes, vintage projectors, and simple tools to alter visual perception/the way we see the world.

Boston Inventgenuity Festival takes place at the Arlington Center for the Arts on Saturday, March 2 and Sunday, March 3  from 11am – 5pm. Admission to the festival is free, registration required. Advance online reservations for workshops ($8.25 materials fee) will be available two weeks prior to the Festival. All workshops will repeat throughout the day; most workshops will be available both days of the festival.