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CGB Opening Talk at MIT IAP 2019

We had a nice time yesterday at MIT, thank you to all of you who came to campus on such a cold day. Big thanks to Erik and Martin Demaine and to MIT for having us back.

Our video will take a few hours of fiddling before it appears on YouTube.  Cameras, computers, internets… it’s really a miracle that they all work at all. It’s astonishing what humans have jigged up in a small amount of time. Spaceflight, climate crises. Crazed beadwork!

For our Feb 1 closing lecture (which will be a big event) we’ll do Go Live sessions on Facebook and YouTube, in addition to having it professionally filmed by MIT AV, hopefully for inclusion in their archive.

kaleidocycle finish worn off franklin martin jr.Franklin Martin Jr.

Yesterday’s presentation is summarized entirely in these slides, so please enjoy the talk as a PDF for now, and we’ll get the Live Action version up as soon as we can today. You can page through the PDF just like a 67-page book.

It was nice to review the entire span of the work. The slideshow features pieces from the history of the project, some of which I hadn’t thought about in a long time. In addition to the pieces I show in the slides, with me in person and on exhibit I had work from Sarah Toussaint, Ingrid Wangsvik, Lia Melia, Deb Schwartz, Daria Tittenberger, Joy Davison (Jay Dee), Joke van Biesen, Susannah Thomson, Pat Verrier, Karen Westcott, and many other members of our team and extended community.

mit iap 2019 slideshow


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About katemckinnon

Kate McKinnon has devoted herself to the study of how things are done, and how they could be done better. Find her at or on some city street, walking fast, smiling at strangers.

5 comments on “CGB Opening Talk at MIT IAP 2019

  1. Sam Norgard
    January 8, 2019

    Bravo! Can’t wait to see more….

  2. Ann Rascenet-Cole
    January 8, 2019

    Thank you for sharing the slides. Lovely to see some old friends in the shape of people and beaded artwork. Enjoy the rest of you MIT experience. The books will be a joy.

  3. cathirosengrenart
    January 8, 2019


    Thanks doe this. Loved the slide show. Looking forward to the new book.




  4. Veena
    January 8, 2019

    This is incredible.. I wish I could be there.. But I will try to be in spirit. Thanks for the slides!!

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