Professors Ben t. Matchstick and Pete Talbot comprise the Cardboard Teck Instantute, which cannot be put into any one catagory. We are entrepreneurs, puppeteers, makers, and go-getters. We are the inventors of the PinBox 3000, a cardboard tabletop customizable pinball kit, which has won awards at World Maker Faire and National Maker Faire. We are the creators of Grottoblaster, a hip hop infused fantasy adventure interactive puppet spectacle. We are capable of giant ephemeral cardboard sculptures and puppets for parades and pageants. We host summer camps and are frequent makers-in-residence at schools and after school programs. We are members of the Generator maker space in Burlington. We work in street show styles like Japanese kamishibai and medicine shows. We make vaudeville acts, comics and music as needed. We are interdisciplinary. We are always excited to create and collaborate.
We approach each residency differently. Depending on the age of the students, or the audience, we are capable of developing theater, interactive sculpture exhibits, or puppet events. Mostly our residencies steer towards the PinBox 3000 as a platform for ingenuity and problem solving, with the end result being an "ArtCade" similiar to Caines Arcade. This can be done with an arts focus, a maker experience, or a interdisciplinary approach that could include content reinforcement from any subject, game and media studies, or entrepreneurial or manufacturing exercises. We feel we would like to tell our story as artists who became business owners and in doing so are able to achieve a wider audience and greater influence.
Ben t. Matchstick is available for workshops in the interdisciplinary and dramatic arts. He is the co-conciever of the Broadway musical Hadestown, and has been making theater for 20+ years.
Cardboard Teck has locations in Montpelier VT and Minneapolis MN.
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