MIT Museum Hosts 16th Annual Friday After Thanksgiving (F.A.T.) Chain Reaction Event on Friday November 29th

Celebrating a Year of Kinetic Art at the MIT Museum 

 The MIT Museum will host its 16th annual Friday After Thanksgiving (F.A.T.) Chain Reaction Event on November 29th from 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. at the Rockwell Cage Gymnasium at 120 Vassar Street in Cambridge, MA.  This year’s theme is SWEET SIXTEEN, and local artists Arthur Ganson and Jeff Lieberman will mastermind the choreography of this Rube Goldberg machine, assisted by teams and participants who range from Girl Scout troops and school groups to artists and engineers.  Over 20 teams from all over the country will participate in this one-of-a-kind engineering feat that must be seen to be believed.

Throughout the early afternoon, teams will put the finishing touches on their contraptions.  Spectators can meet the teams and engage in themed hands-on activities.  At 3:30 p.m., the magic moment when all the machines are linked together, the chain reaction will be set off with a special surprise ending executed by Ganson and Leiberman.

“Being part of a chain reaction allows people to explore their own creativity,” said Brindha Muniappan, MIT Museum Programs Director.  “F.A.T. is a wonderful community event where people of all ages design, build, and test their creations, then proudly show their unique contraptions to more than 1,500 cheering fans,” said Muniappan.  “I can’t think of a better way for the MIT Museum to kick off a year of kinetic art and engineering.”

Participants must register to build their mini-link in the chain reaction no later than November 15th to be guaranteed a space.  The fee for a pre-registered team of up to four members is $12 in advance or $15 at the door.  Additional team members are $5 per person, up to a maximum of eight members.  For more information on registration and contraption guidelines please read this web page:  General admission tickets are also available online and for a discount until November 27th at noon.

Regular admission at the door for spectators is $15 for adults and $5 for children ages 5-17, students (with ID), seniors, and MIT ID-holders.  Children under 5 years old are free.  Admission fee also includes a free same-day admission to the MIT Museum and store, which will remain open until 6:00 p.m.

Arthur Ganson is one of four artists whose work will be featured in 5000 Moving Parts, a new exhibition of contemporary kinetic art at the MIT Museum, opening the week prior to the Friday After Thanksgiving Chain Reaction event.  In addition to F.A.T., other programs that are part of the MIT Museum’s Year of Kinetic Art (and Engineering) include a night of yoga in the 5000 Moving Parts gallery, artist talks and a week of workshops about simple machines in February 2014 during National Engineers Week.

The MIT Museum’s mission is to engage the wider community with MIT’s science, technology and other areas of scholarship in ways that will best serve the nation and the world in the 21st century.

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