A Curious Arcade
Interactive Installation - 2020
An interactive exhibit for audiences aged 8+
Be intrigued and delighted by peculiar storytelling machines in this century old arcade exhibit.
These elaborate machines are the creations of virtuosic Australian inventor Celeste Mackellan, an obscure figure who disappeared in 1929 along with the mechanical curiosities she built.
Fascinated by Mackellan’s mysterious disappearance, an international consortium of collectors and creatives from Imaginary Theatre are slowly working to locate, extract and lovingly restore her machines to their former glory.
At A Curious Arcade, you can now experience these mechanical wonders as they tell timeless stories, a century old, that both surprise and delight.
Brisbane Festival 2020
111 Lamington St
New Farm, Q 4051
Created by Celeste Mackellan, Thom Browning, Sarah Winter and Finegan Kruckemeyer
Original machines by Celeste Mackellan
Writer: Finegan Kruckemeyer
Designer: Sarah Winter
Director & Technical Designer: Thom Browning
Composer: Matt Hsu
System Engineer: Matthew Strachan
Associate Designer: Aimée Pouzet
Graphic Designer: Sean Dowling
Production Manager: Naomi Gordon
Associate Producer: Brodie Shelley
Producer: Imaginary Theatre
The Creative Sparks Fund is a partnership between the Queensland Government and Brisbane City Council to support local arts and culture in Brisbane.
A Curious Arcade is is supported by the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland.
Photography by Morgan Roberts.