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THINGAMABOBS is full of… well… thingamabobs!

Presented by Jens Altheimer

Thingamabobs is an interactive space full of surprising machines and quirky contraptions. A kinetic installation bouncing between the absurd, the deeply human and the straight forward funny. Spectacular, silly, romantic… all thingamabobs have some story to tell! Some stories that are intrinsic to the machines, others collected from Darebin people.

Join us an entertaining tour for the whole family. See inventions that might change your life…of course for the better. Interact with some of the apparatus or just enjoy how other contraptions complicate simple things in the most outrageous ways. An installation bouncing between the absurd, the deeply human and the straight forward funny. An installation that collected the imaginary of kids and seniors into an entertaining space that invites curious people to look and listen.

Thingamabobs that will talk about love, about some images in our heads but will also demonstrate how to organise a shower in the middle of the desert or catch a mouse in a mere 17 automatised steps! Thingambobs move and are moving, and where is movement there is change and other wonders of life going on!

Saturday 18 March 1pm & 3pm
Sunday 19 March 3pm
*The Saturday 18 March, 3pm session will be AUSLAN interpreted

"Felix gave you 1000 out of 10. He's really into kinetic sculptures & mechanical things so he was in heaven. Beautiful show. We'll spread the word."
— Astro Pillo, Adelaide, Jens' Loose Ends show

Proudly supported by the FUSE Fund



Jens has been working for the last 35 years as an independent artist in Europe and Australia. His body of work includes family theatre, multidisciplinary community art projects, playful kinetic installations and circus productions. He is a deviser, director, performer, producer, teacher, mentor and tinkerer with a strong interest in creating participatory, unusual and empowering art experiences. He has toured extensively his unusual, visual and contraption-loaded theatre productions. Jens also ventures into community arts project around concepts of playful kinetic installations. He is the uncontested frontman of his one-man shows, quirkologist, established collector, inventor and transformer of thingamabobs and other wondrous oddities of day to day life.

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Accessible Toilet
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Dates & Times

Various dates 18 March, 1pm & 3pm, 19 March 3pm


Book in advance and tickets at door (Price includes booking fee) $12.00


Northern Community Church

81 High St, Preston

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