Have you got a deconstructivist, constructionist or inventorist sleeping in that twin bed down the hall? That inspired kid just might freak out over the Brooklyn Inventgenuity Festival coming up at the end of January.  Your child can participate in “The Dis/Assembly Line,”: an evolving decomposition and aesthetic reprocessing of an entire room of everyday objects and special workshops. Joined by experts like kinetic art mechanic Steve Gerberich and sculptor Nathaniel Lieb, they will dissect, sort and reconfigure artifacts into 2D and 3D sculpture in The Dis/Assembly Line. Perhaps your kid may want to work with an instructor during a variety of 45 minute workshops being offered? They can sign up for sound (Natalie Elizabeth Weiss), puppetry (Jonny Clockworks), food (Kathryn Wallem), electronics (Ed Bear), language in 3D (Eun Jung (EJ) Park), craft (Julie Schneider), video (Allen Riley and Jeff Sisson), and painting (Adam Matta).

This free event has been a huge hit in Brooklyn for the past two years and the room gets very busy with drilling, hammering, yanking and gluing as you can see from the photographs. Workhops fill up as soon as the event gets published, so register as soon as you can.

The weekend of collaboration, art and activity is presented by Beam Camp, a New Hampshire summer camp for the applied arts, technology and collaboration. The activities are led by Beam’s staff of artists, engineers and thinkers. This year’s festival serves as a launch event for Beam’s new Brooklyn-based Inventgenuity Workshop, an after school program for kids 7 – 14 enrolling now for classes starting in March 2012.
Beam Camp offers two 4 week summer sessions for kids aged 7-17 in Strafford, New Hampshire. Every year Beam commissions unique large-scale collaborative Projects from notable artists, architects and designers that serve as centerpieces of each Beam session. Beam Campers cultivate hands-on skills while exploring innovative thinking, design and the creative process. They swim, hike, play games and enjoy 750 acres of mountain, forests and lakes, while transforming ideas into artifacts and personal achievement into community success.
Saturday, January 21 and Sunday, January 22: 11am – 5pm
Festival admission is free, but advance sign-up is required.  All workshops will repeat throughout the day. Most workshops will take place both days of the festival. Workshop registration will take place at the Festival. There is a $5 materials charge for some workshops.
Register here.
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