Minitehnicus

2021 - WIP, electronic workshop

Minitehnicus was a DIY, children invention competition that was started in 1967 by the ''Cutezătorii'' publication in Communist Romania. In this competition, children would submit their inventions created most of the times with very modest means since electronic parts were very expensive and inaccessible. In the first edition, there were inventions such as a current reduction system made with Lemonade by a student from Pucioasa or an electric pantograph made from junk (pieces of old cable, refurbished transformers... ).

During the regime's years, the competition became so famous internationally that it got censored. Today, Romania is one of the leading European technology hubs.

This workshop proposes to reconstruct and investigate collectively circuit ideas and inventions created by the children of those times. Machines from lemonade, cybernetic cats and dogs and electronic labyrinths are re-made as musical instruments.

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