What are Automata?
Because of their diversity, automata are difficult to define. Here is our loose definition of them: “Machines that replicate human, animal, or inanimate objects’ motions, capabilities, and/or everyday tasks. These can be hand cranked, motor driven, or computer controlled.” This definition may be expanded as time flows. (Automata Magazine Group Forum)
My name is Giuseppe Civitarese (aka Pino), from Visintini, Italy. I am an oceanographer, and in my second life I am a card models builder and designer. My passion for paper modelling began in 2000, when I decided to build a paper castle for my little nephew Matteo. Later, Matteo never built any paper model. On the other hand, since then I've never abandoned this hobby. My specific interest is in designing paper automata, and terrestrial and celestial globes from digital replicas of antique maps.
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… In 1972, from a distance of about 45,000 km (28,000 mi), the crew of Apollo 17 took one of the most famous photographs ever made of the Earth. This original Blue Marble inspired later images of the Earth compiled … Continue reading
Whilst Kepler was studying the planets motion, his son-in-law Jacob Bartsch, astronomer, Wilhelm Schickard, the astronomer and professor of Oriental languages at Tübingen, and Julius Schiller (c. 1580 – 1627), a lawyer from Ausburg, together with others were planning the … Continue reading
… appeared on Earth. Globe diameter: 12 cm In 1901 Joseph Fisher, a Jesuit historian who was conducting research in in the library of Prince Johannes zu Waldburg- Wolfegg in Wolfegg Castle in Württemberg, Germany, discovered the famous large Waldseemueller’s … Continue reading
Giovanni Maria Cassini (1745-1824) was regarded as one of the last great Italian globemakers of the 18th century. Here, I present two 15 cm diameter globes in a Christmas ornament version. The larger version of the terrestrial globe was already … Continue reading
Giovanni Maria Cassini (1745 – 1824) was an Italian globe maker, geographer, engraver, and cartographer. His main cartographic work was the Nuovo Atlante Geografico Universale of 1792-1801. In 1790, the Calcografia Camerale of Rome published his twelve terrestrial globe … Continue reading