A big shift at the University City Science Center’s Esther Klein Gallery (EKG) begins tomorrow. The shift from an art and science (emphasis on art) space to an art and technology (emphasis on technology) space has been in the works for some time. Tomorrow, EKG shows off it’s new, techie big brother–Breadboard. The art at EKG was made at Breadboard, and showing off Breadboard art is EKG’s new role. NextFab, which is a high-tech fabrication shop, doubles as Breadboard’s partner, providing its equipment to Breadboard’s projects. And if you’re still confused go on over there tomorrow and talk with Dan Schimmel and David Clayton, who run Breadboard and EKG, and they’ll turn you around.
The first Breadboard project, which opens tomorrow at EKG, is Steve Brower’s Brower Propulsion Laboratory: BPL-003 Moranic Mission to Montana.
According to Dan, Breadboard will give artists and community groups the opportunity to learn how to work with high-tech tools. EKG will be a project space for installation and exhibition of the resulting tech/art work. The tools include laser cutters, 3D printers, CNC milling machines, and all kinds of digital software, all belonging to NextFab Studio.
- Breadboard also has a 700-square-foot community space on the ground floor of 3711 Market Street, adjacent to NextFab. Breadboard user groups and our extended community can schedule use of this space for staging activities relevant to Breadboard initiatives
- The aim is to develop cross-disciplinary projects with both arts and non-arts organizations and communities.
- Breadboard allows us to invite artists to create new work on site, at NextFab and exhibit it at EKG.
From David, NextFab and Breadboard interact this way:
- NextFab will develop and run the prototyping workshop. We created Breadboard as a non-profit partner to develop educational outreach programming and write grants with NextFab.
NextFab will be holding open studio tours during the opening reception. Read more at Technically Philly about what NextFab offers.
See it in the real world:
Esther Klein Gallery and NextFab
Friday, Jan. 22, from 5-9pm.
EKG: 3600 Market Street
NextFab: 3711 Market Street