Brooklynâ€™s third annual Inventgenuity Festival is presented by Beam Camp, a New Hampshire summer camp for the applied arts, technology and collaboration. The weekend Festival will be loaded with a tremendous range of activities led by Beamâ€™s staff of artists, engineers and big thinkers. This yearâ€™s festival serves as a launch event for Beamâ€™s new Brooklyn-based Inventgenuity Workshop, an after school program for kids in grades 2-8 enrolling for classes starting in March 2012.
At the Inventgenuity Festival kids (ages 7 – 16) will be encouraged to take the place apart piece by piece. As a celebration of design, building, reuse and art, however, theyâ€™ll also put it back together again in imaginative ways. The 2012 Inventgenuity Festival will explore DIS/ASSEMBLY with two days of hands-on workshops and on-going collective projects led by expert makers, unmakers and re-makers of sound, electricity, food and objects of all kinds.
The weekendâ€™s big Project, â€œThe Dis/Assembly Line,â€ is an evolvingÂ decomposition and aesthetic reprocessing of an entire room of everyday objects. Kids will join kinetic art mechanic Steve Gerberich and sculptor Nathaniel Lieb as they dissect, sort and reconfigure artifacts into 2D and 3D sculpture. Attendees may also sign-up for oneÂ of the rotating slate of 45-minute workshops. Scheduled workshops will explore the Dis/Assembly theme through sound (Natalie Elizabeth Weiss), puppetry (Jonny Clockworks), food (Kathryn Wallem), electronics (Ed Bear), language in 3D (Eun Jun EJ Park), craft (Julie Schneider), video (Allen Riley and Jeff Sisson), and painting (Adam Matta).
Brooklyn Inventgenuity Festival takes place on Saturday, January 21 and Sunday, January 22 Â from 11am – 5pm. FestivalÂ admission is free, but advance sign-up is required. All workshops willÂ repeat throughout the day. Most workshops will take place both days ofÂ the festival.
Workshop registration will take place at the Festival. There is a $5 materials charge for some workshops. Families can also view video presentationsÂ about Beam’s summer and after school programs.