“AUTOMATÀRIUM” (David Berga)



An automaton side show/installation

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Automatàrium is an installation inspired by the fairground attraction of coin-activated automatons constructed in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.

In this installation, actors are located within individual booths made of wood and methacrylate (imitating the old buildings) and activated with coins that the audience inserts in a slot.

Once a coin is inserted, coloured bulbs light up and  circus music plays. The performers begin mimicking the robotic and cyclical movements of the automatons, enacting short  actions with elements of comedy, circus, magic, storytelling, song, mime…

Below, a promo video showing other configurations and characters + the recording of the performance at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Barcelona.


The show has been to the following festivals:

Come and See Showcase (Catalonia)

Festival Comic de Figueres  (Catalonia)

Firatarrega  (Catalonia)

ITFOK Festival (India)

SESC Sao Paulo  Festival de circo (Brazil)

Festival Mundial do Circo (Brazil)

El Parc De Les Meravelles  (Catalonia)

Merce Arts de Carrer Festival  (Catalonia)

Freiburg Kulturboerse (Germany)

Pforzheim Festival (Germany)

Fito Festival (Galicia)

Fundao Festival (Portugal)

Palo Alto Market (Catalonia)

Schloss Spektakel (Germany)

Terrassa modernist fair (Catalonia)

Barcelona modernist fair (Catalonia)

Mostra Igualada (Catalonia)

MACBA museum (Catalonia)

Xalaro Festival (Catalonia)

Argentona Festa Major (Catalonia)

MAF Festival (Spain)

Canet’s modernist fair (Catalonia)

L’Escala, Festa Major (Catalonia)

Miramiro Festival (Belgium)

Sziget Festival (Hungary)

University of Florida (USA)

Singapore Night Festival (Singapore)


Show recommended by Time Out Barcelona. See article HERE

Tech specs/Dossier by clickingAUTOMATARIUM

As you can see in this video here, the show is good both for outdoors/indoors