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The mechanisms of art

A mechanical spider loose in Liverpool! French company La Machine has placed a giant mechanical spider on a skyscraper in the U.K., and the spider is scheduled to come to the ground and start storming Liverpool streets tomorrow (or today, depending where you are in the world).

In a more subdued, pro-recycling fashion, artist Jeremy Mayer has created several human sculptures out of old typewriters. My first reaction was being thoroughly impressed by how life-like the sculptures were, and how well integrated the typewriters were in creating the human form. This reaction was quickly followed by “nooooo, what have you done to the typewriters?!” I have a soft spot for vintage technology, what can I say?



Beth Kelley is an applied & digital anthropologist with an overall interest in how people engage with and are impacted by their environments and vice versa. This has manifested itself in many ways, by looking at creativity, playful spaces, built environments, and environmental enrichment, sustainability, design research, and integrative and collaborative models of learning such as through play and hands-on learning.