Tuesday 29th November 2011 at 12.00pm
in Aberdeen Business School Lecture Theatre 226
The House of Automata (Michael and Maria Start, based in Kinloss, Forres) is a specialist automata company, restoring, advising on, and making automata to commision. Uniquely, they have expertise in all types of antique & modern automata, & our clients include collectors, auction houses, media and museums.
Michael Start (recently dubbed a “Clockwork Guru” by the Daily Express) is a trained Horologist, winning several awards for his practical and theoretical clockwork. In 1995, inspired by the legendary collector, Jack Donovan, Michael shifted his horological skills into the theatrical world of mechanical life. Maria Start is a trained sculptor and artist, specializing in perfect colour matching and replacement body parts, from a single finger to a complete head. Maria uses traditional techniques and materials, with authentic papier mache and gesso recipes where required.
Interest in automata is increasing. Cogs, Gears and Automata are often featured in popular culture, film and television, where they are appreciated for their aesthetic, their power and the uncanny feeling that if it moves ….. its alive!