Musee Patamecanique, Bristol

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Musée Patamécanique is a private museum located in the Historical District of Bristol, Rhode Island. Founded in 2006 by Neil Barden Salley, it is open by appointment only to friends, colleagues, and occasionally to outside observers. The museum is presented as a hybrid between an automaton theater and a cabinet of curiosities and contains works representing the field of Patamechanics, an artistic practice and area of study chiefly inspired by Pataphysics.
Musée Patamécanique was founded by creative artist, inventor and filmmaker Neil Barden Salley in 2006. During his time at the Rhode Island School of Design earning his Master's Degree, Salley began to create performances and mechanical sculptures that eventually became prototypes he used at the museum. The museum originally opened as an exhibition in a barn behind Linden Place, a historic house museum designed by Russell Warren in 1810. In 2009, the exhibit closed to make way for a ground-up restoration of the barn that later became occupied by the Bristol Art Museum. Work on an expanded Musée Patamécanique began in 2009 with work being completed in 2013. The museum reopened for tours on April 1st, 2014 under the curatorial direction of Daren Elsa NiBelly.
Musée Patamécanique translates from the French to "The museum of Patamechanics." The term Patamechanics was coined by Salley during his time at the Rhode Island School of Design and is derived from the term Pataphysics. According to its website, the term Patamechanics is "... primarily concerned with the behavior of physical bodies when subjected to conscious ’Pataphysical forces or displacements and the subsequent effects of these bodies on their environment."
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