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Kinetic King


I, Lunatim Rex the Only, invite you into the Kinetic Kingdom to partake of the fascinating videos and pictures contained herein!

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In mid-April of 2014, I went to Munich, Germany, for a video project with the production company TAPE FILM - Farwick & Plato. The video segment was created for the popular German science show Galileo for ProSieben. The main part of the segment featured one of my double-ortho stick bombs racing professional racer Jürgen Mohr in a warehouse. The outcome is a secret until I post an update with a link to the video segment--whoo, hoo!





On April 10th, 2014, I participated in kinetic-art workshop at Grantsburg Middle School in Grantsburg, Wisconsin. Early in March of 2014, I visited the Family Museum in Bettendorf, Iowa for the third time in a row. Both gadgets and the kinetic-art workshops were a great success--whoo, hoo!





From October 23rd-27th, I took part in the Essen Spiel toy fair in Germany (Spielmesse Essen), demonstrating the game Stick Storm for Goliath Games. If you sprechen Deutsch, here's an article about my press presentation. It's wunderbar! From November 22nd to November 24th, I took part in the Chicago Toy and Game Fair (Chitag). Here's a blog from The Homemade Creative that you'll enjoy!





In late September of 2013, I traveled to Moscow to participate in the Russian TV show Minute of Fame (Минута Славы) on Channel One Russia. In spite of a last-minute disaster, my gadget was a success and I was voted on to the next round. I even got to meet cosmonaut Grigori Grechko. You can visit the official Russian-language website here. In early October of 2013, I created two gadgets in the student union of Kansas State in Manhattan, Kansas. On October 19th, I participated in the Home Improvement / Healthy Life Expo at the Minneapolis Convention Center for my second year for the Expo Guys.





I've been working with Goliath Games lately on a new stick-bomb kit, Stick Storm which should be in the stores soon. Here's an interesting announcement you may enjoy regarding the agreement and an upcoming world-record event. Be sure to check out the tutorials as well! In August of 2013, I traveled to Holland to visit the Goliath Games headquarters in Hattem and also work on a stick-bomb project at the Nemo Science Center in Amsterdam. It's more fun than...well, you get the joke ;)







During the Spring and Summer of 2011, I was a contestant on America's Got Talent on NBC. I made it all the way to 13th place, out of 25,000 auditions, and barely missed out on making the Top Ten. Here's a link to one of my Facebook fan pages. I made five appearances on the show. My first appearance at the Minneapolis audition featured a stick bomb and my second appearance in Las Vegas featured a clever-lever gadget. My Quarter-Final attempt at a world-record stick bomb was a disaster. I did make a successful comeback during the Wild Card round with this herringbone chain which got thunderous applause from the audience and Piers Morgan even genuflected before me and proclaimed that I was truly the King. For my Semi-Final gadget, I went with a world-record clever-lever gadget that shot ping-pong balls and candy over much of the audience, even hitting Howie Mandel in the face with a ping-pong ball. (Yes, he was practicing 'safe sticks' by wearing safety goggles.) You can also check out the official Kinetic King page on NBC's website here, or an article in the Daily Mail. Whoo, hoo!





The Fun Stuff



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VIDEOS





If you're not able to view the videos and want to see pictures of my kinetic gadgets, click on the link below.


PICTURES




Public Exhibitions





I've made so many public appearances with my kinetic art lately, that I've created a subpage devoted exclusively to public exhibitions of my kinetic art! Click on the icon below to check it out.





The History of Stick Bombs





There's an almost complete lack of information anywhere on the development of stick bombs, so I decided to use my expertise on the subject to write up a history.





What is Kinetic Art?



To the uninitiated, my kinetic gadgets are gnarly chain-reaction devices that collapse and explode in, like, really cool ways; to the discerning aesthete, they're mechanically-iterative, entropy-generating entities designed to confront the observer's pre-conceived notions about Newtonian physics and challenge their paradigms for processing reductivistic-mechanistic Weltanschauungen from a post-modernistic perspective. (Well, not really...)

Much more than mere domino tumbling, my kinetic gadgets use a wide variety of chain-reaction techniques of my own invention and they have Dalíesque names like Experimental Polymodal Slack-Generating Apparatus #9 and Test Detonation of 0.2 Kilostick Boosted-Yield Xyloexplosive Device #1. Not only can my gadgets collapse and explode in many ways, but they can play music tunes and have animation in them.

Kinetic art is a new, open-ended art medium whose potential has barely been tapped. The number of chain-reaction techniques is virtually limitless. You might find these articles on mechanical explosives and kinetic computing to be interesting. Enjoy!





Links to other kinetic art pages.






Professional Information


My kinetic gadgets are truly one-of-a-kind as many of the techniques used are of my own invention and seen nowhere else. Their strong visual impact and their ability to incorporate logos or jingles into the design make my gadgets ideal for commercials. They've been in museum exhibitions where they always draw a crowd and have appeared on television several times. If you're a video production house looking for a unique idea for a short art film, I have a scenario available upon request. If you're a representative of a toy company looking for new product ideas (like the perfect domino, which nobody seems to get right), send me an e-mail. If you're a new band trying to get a killer music video on a reasonable budget, please shoot me an inquiry. If you have any other business inquiry regarding my kinetic art, please feel free to contact me at lunatim@infionline.net .






The Kinetic King webpage was last updated on 5/2/2014. All content, except where noted, was created by and is © Timothy Fort. Creator makes no guarantees as to proper performance and compatibility of video files. The use of safety goggles is strongly recommended for anybody creating or detonating stick bombs.









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