Stephen Guy

Stephen Guy is a practical hands-on maker and mechanical artist specialising in running automata. He regrets the apparent demise of people's ability to use tools, to repair, hack and maintain the physical things on which they depend. He wants to help revitalise a practical and inventive making culture, and raise the status of skilled craft and technical work.

He devises and produces automata-based practical workshops for colleges, museums, exhibitions and festivals. He is also interested in machines as theatrical performers. He worked on an experimental production of The London Jungle Book which performed at the National Theatre Studio and 2012 South Bank Alchemy festival, and was visiting professional at Rose Bruford College of Theatre and Performance. For many years he has been involved with Cabaret Mechanical Theatre. He co-founded Fire the Inventor, and has recently had commissions from the Crafts Council, Cabaret Mechanical Theatre and Compton Verney Art Gallery.

Stephen's workshops aim to offer an understanding of how simple mechanisms work and their overall function as control systems, the necessity of accuracy and precision in the making process for machines to work well and reliably, above all, to be excited by the creative possibilities of engineered art.

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