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KINETIC @ KANEKO

KINETIC is all about motion. When we kick a ball, swim laps in a pool, turn the wheels of a bike or watch a gum ball roll onto the floor we are using and witnessing kinetic energy. Kinetic energy is all around us and even in us!


Here at KANEKO, we like to explore art and science. KANEKO is a place for you to explore, ask questions and think outside the box, too!


Slip on your running shoes and let your imagination carry you away!

What is Kinetic Art?

Kinetic Art is art that moves. Most are sculptures. Some artists use wind, water, and nature to make their artwork move. Other artists rely on humans to push, pull, and move their sculptures. Electricity, machines, and robotics are all elements that can be used to make artwork move!


Click on the videos below to see different types of Kinetic Art!

George Rickey Kinetic Sculptures | Marlborough Fine Art London
Jean Tinguely's Four Méta-Harmonie Music Machines at Museum Tinguely, Basel

How To Make a Kinetic Sculpture.

David Roy explains his creative process for making kinetic sculptures.
How to Make a Kinetic Sculpture

Make Your Own Kinetic Sculpture!

Learn how to make this FUN Kinetic sculpture. Click HERE for a link to the instructions.
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We Love Kinetic Art!

Why do people love Kinetic Art? Unlike other artwork, often people get to touch or play with Kinetic Art. Plus, Kinetic Art is often playful and surprising. In Humboldt County, California, they love Kinetic Art so much, that every year they have a huge celebration just for Kinetic Artwork. Learn more about the Kinetic Grand Championship of Humboldt County (The Triathlon of the Art World) and what it takes to race Kinetic Sculptures over 50 miles of land and water:

Rube Goldberg and his zany machines!

One of the most popular ways to demonstrate kinetics is through a Rube Goldberg machine. Rube Goldberg was a cartoonist, sculptor, author, engineer, and inventor. His popular cartoons featured zany, complicated machines that would help people do simple things like use a napkin. His cartoons were so popular that eventually any machine that seemed silly, overly complicated, and unnecessary began to be called a Rube Goldberg. Rube Goldbergs have shown up in movies, tv shows, and music videos. Here is a music video by the band, Ok Go, that is one long Rube Goldberg machine.
OK Go - This Too Shall Pass - Rube Goldberg Machine - Official Video

How does a Rube Goldberg work?

Rube Goldbergs and in fact, all Kinetic Art, work through energy! When wind blows across a George Rickey sculpture, the energy from the wind is being transferred to the components of the artwork.


Or in the Ok Go video, the tire at the top of the ramp has potential energy because gravity is pulling on it. When the bucket hits the tire is transfers its kinetic energy to the tire and at the same time the tire's potential energy transforms to kinetic energy. Potential energy is the stored energy in an object either because of its position (way up high on a shelf or on the edge of a table, for example) or state (like an electric charge in a battery). Kinetic energy is the energy an object has when it is moving (like a moving car or a falling leaf).


Want to learn more about energy and create your own Rube Goldberg machine? Grab an adult and check out these photos for ideas of what to include in your machine!

Move It!

Contraptions aren't the only things moving and using energy, so do people! The study of movement in people and animals is called biomechanics. Scientists in biomechanics study the way humans move to help find ways to improve human health and movement.
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This is one of the first studies of movement caught on film. Before this people did not know for certain that horses were able to lift all their feet off the ground at once. People argued so loudly and so long about this detail of horse movement that Eadweard Muybridge was asked to photograph a horse in motion. This was a challenging task because no one had ever used photographs to capture things in motion before.

Be a Biomechanics Scientist!

Want to see what it's like to work at a Biomechanics Lab, teach students about human movement, or work with cutting-edge technology? Take a peek at the University of Nebraska at Omaha's Department of Biomechanics' Instagram to learn more.

Want to see KINETIC in person?

Friday, June 16th, 12pm to Saturday, Oct. 14th, 5pm

1111 Jones Street

Omaha, NE

KANEKO is at 1111 Jones St in Omaha NE. We are open 12-8pm Tuesday-Friday and 11am-5pm Saturday. We are free and open to the public!

Learn More at http://thekaneko.org/