Over on the feature side, of course, we have a story about Matt Posey’s decidedly low-tech, trash-talking puppets. And this next week will see the opening of the fifth annual Cowtown Puppetry Festival & Pageant at the Hip Pocket Theatre (below), for a more poetic brand of puppetry.
But the above, Casa de Maquinas (“the House of Machines”) is a haunting and beautiful piece of marionette work from my new favorite, time-waster website, The Automata. If you check it out, I recommend “The Crocodile” (made of paper and a handy metaphor for our lives), the “Veilmetter” or drawing-clown tin-toy, the incredible, life-sized “War Horse” puppets for the hit London stage show about World War I, the comical migrating elephants, the Siegfried and Roy magic act, the rubber-band-firing robot, the cute mobile Toy Shop, the flying metal horse kinetic sculpture, Arthur Ganson’s TED lecture, el Gran Gramendia magician, the “Chameleon Chronicles,” the androids in Junod’s Wonderland —
Oh hell, just run all the videos. I said it was a time-waster.