Friday, 22 November 2013

Oopsatoreum Exhibition, Sydney, from December 7

One of many Mintox inventions, both imaginary and real

This exhibition is my second collaboration with Sydney's Powerhouse Museumfollowing the successful weirdness of 2009's Odditoreum, with which I was invited to write fake histories for various strange objects found in the vast museum basement. This project takes a different tack, being a more cohesive survey of the work of one Henry Archibald Mintox – an inventor so ahead of his time he could only be fictional and, by his own account, grossly unrecognised.
The exhibition will feature actual mechanical inventions from the Powerhouse archive, re-imagined as creations by Henry A. Mintox, and with accompanying text from the previously published book, The Oopsatoreum: inventions of Henry A Mintox.

Aside from being fun, a deeper concept behind the project involves the importance of play in creativity and technical advancement, raising the important question: is success necessarily a measure of true originality? 


  1. Dear Mr. Shaun Tan,
    If I come to the exhibition from Malaysia,
    will I have even a tiny bit of chance to meet you ?


  2. Unfortunately not, sorry about that. I'm not traveling much these days, but I'll post about any appearances if that changes. For those who can't make the exhibition, the book is a good substitute, it has all the objects and their 'histories'.

    1. Thanks for the reply.
      I got the book already - I actually got almost all of your books. Been hoping to meet you someday.

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