The SuperPower Magic Motion Machine

The SuperPower Magic Motion Machine (SPM3) is a pedal-powered mobile art installation to raise awareness about energy consumption and human innovation: a custom-made bicycle with a trailer attachment that will carry the components to convert human power into electricity, initiating a public discourse about energy generation, consumption, and community empowerment.

Its launch will be a temporary art and performance piece in Lancaster, PA highlighting the integral relationship between human creativity and generating sustainable energy. In order for the machine and performance to function, participants much collectively produce both the power (by riding the bicycle) and the ideas (collected during the performance) that will run the installation. The launch will (1) serve to introduce SPM3 and it’s possibilities to the public, (2) generate conversations on energy use and new technologies, (3) identify key partners and collaborators for future SPM3 applications, (4) stimulate the construction of local, creative solutions to climate change issues.


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Ihaventfailed.jpg~Thomas Edison
Among the many Invoking the Pause Grant Partner projects, sometimes initial ideas undergo transformation during the creative process.  This was the case for the Super Power Magic Motion Machine (SPMMM). Grant Partner Libby Modern first introduced ITP to the idea of this mobile art installation in Lancaster, PA.  Two years later, she reveals ArtBike!, and chronicles the ride for us in this article:  
"Months ago I came across this Thomas Edison quote—it was the hidden "witticism" in a New York Times Sunday crossword puzzle, only fully intact when the puzzle had been successfully solved.  Despite weekly attempts, I rarely finish the Sunday crossword, so it was with great pride that I found myself in a position to be reading Edison's words of advice. I kept it on my coffee table so I could stop and stare often at my accomplishment. It wasn't until a few days later, after many stops and stares, that Edison's words actually sunk in: I haven't failed if I just found the ten thousand ways that won't work." » Read More