Artist Chico MacMurtrie threw open the doors to his mysterious “Robotic Church” in Red Hook over the weekend, welcoming a handful of robot devotees into his sacred studio space, where machines perform glorious machine music for the edification of their mortal worshipers. MacMurtrie spent almost two decades (between 1987 and 2006) building his 35 kinetic robot sculptures, and on rare occasions he invites spectators to see his menagerie in action. It all takes place inside a 19th-century Norwegian Seaman’s Church on Pioneer Street which doubles as a robot-sculpture collective workshop.
“The Robotic Church is an ode to the power of the architecture of the church,” MacMurtrie writes in his artist’s statement. “It is a parallel with what we are really familiar with and what we are getting far away from. We are getting further and further away from human contact and we are more interested in our contact with machines.”
8-6-2021 (August 6, 2021) is the Snakiest day of the year and it’s also this year’s CircuitPython Day! The day highlights all things CircuitPython and Python on Hardware. See you there!
Stop breadboarding and soldering – start making immediately! Adafruit’s Circuit Playground is jam-packed with LEDs, sensors, buttons, alligator clip pads and more. Build projects with Circuit Playground in a few minutes with the drag-and-drop MakeCode programming site, learn computer science using the CS Discoveries class on code.org, jump into CircuitPython to learn Python and hardware together, TinyGO, or even use the Arduino IDE. Circuit Playground Express is the newest and best Circuit Playground board, with support for CircuitPython, MakeCode, and Arduino. It has a powerful processor, 10 NeoPixels, mini speaker, InfraRed receive and transmit, two buttons, a switch, 14 alligator clip pads, and lots of sensors: capacitive touch, IR proximity, temperature, light, motion and sound. A whole wide world of electronics and coding is waiting for you, and it fits in the palm of your hand.