Vermont
Profile Type: Creative Business
Creative Business
Venue
Cardboard Teck Instantute

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. 

Cardboard Teck has locations in Montpelier VT, Burlington VT, and Minneapolis MN.

#pinbox3000 #cardboardteck #tiltthefuture

 

Additional Links: 
Our Shopping Site
We make our own media!
Our accelerator space in the heart of the maker community in Burlington

I Have Worked With

  • January 2015

    Our PinBox 3000 was prototyped while we were makers at the Generator. We are a great success story for the maker movement.

  • January 2006

    Touring member of the company 1999-2006

  • Curated cabaret and site-specific performaces for the Alternative Media Conference. Hosted concert series and large scale puppet project (Grottoblaster)

  • Creative Business
  • Venue

Contact Information

First Name: 
Ben t.
Job Title/Position: 
Professor of Cardboard Teck
Mailing Address: 
1 Court St #3
Montpelier, VT 05602
Physical Address: 
1 Court St #3
Montpelier, VT 05602
Last Name: 
Matchstick
Phone: 
8022798500

About

Profile Type: 
Creative Business
Primary Discipline: 
Multi-Disciplinary
Additional Disciplines: 
Design - General
Design - Game
Media - Digital
Media - Marketing / Advertising
Media - Video
Multi-Disciplinary
Music - Band
Music - Rap / Hip-Hop
Theater - General
Theater - Children's
Theater - Devised / Artist-Led
Theater - Playwriting
Theater - Puppet
Theater - Storytelling
Theater - Variety / Vaudeville
Visual/Crafts - General
Visual/Crafts - Cartooning / Graphic Novel
Visual/Crafts - Experimental
Visual/Crafts - Mixed Media
Year Founded: 
2015
Populations Served: 
Adults
Businesses
Elders
Families
General Public
Immigrant Populations
Incarcerated (or Formerly Incarcerated) Individuals
Nonprofits
People with Disabilities
School Groups
Teens
Youth-At-Risk
Institution/Business Type: 
Retail Stores - Arts or Cultural Product
Activities and Services: 
Artist Market
Arts for Social Change / Creative Activism
Arts Instruction / Lessons
Audio or Video Recording
Creation of a Work of Art (Including Commissions)
Curriculum Development
Film Preproduction / Production / Editing Services
Funding
Public Art Projects (In Free, Public Spaces)
Residency - Community
Residency - In School
Residency - Production / Development
Social Media Services
Workshops / Demonstrations / Master Class / Presentation
Geographic Reach: 
Town / City
County
Multi-County Region
State
Multi-State Region
National
International

Affiliations and Accomplishments

Education: 
MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts from Goddard College
BA in Theater Arts from Northwestern University
Awards: 
Ten Ribbons of Merit and three of Best in Education from World Maker Faire, Queens NY 2015
I am on the following State Arts Agency Roster(s): 
Vermont Education Roster

I am a Teaching Artist

Teaching Settings: 
Afterschool Program
Arts and Cultural Center / Venue
Community Site / Center
Corporate Business
Private Studio
School / University
Subject Areas: 
Arts Integration - Communications
Arts Integration - English Language / Literacy
Arts Integration - English as a Second Language
Arts Integration - History and Social Science
Arts Integration - Mathematics
Arts Integration - Physical Education
Arts Integration - Science / Technology / Engineering
Dance
Design
Literature
Media
Music
Theater
Visual/Crafts
Ages Served: 
Pre-Kindergarten-age
Elementary School-age
Middle School-age
High School-age
College-Age
Adults
Fee Range Minimum: 
$300
Fee Range Maximum: 
$5,000

Venue Available for Rent/Use

Venue Name: 
Alternator
Venue Type: 
Multi-Purpose Room
Venue Address: 
388 Pine St
3-M-1
Burlington, VT 05401
Venue Phone: 
8022798500
Seasons Available: 
Spring
Summer
Fall
Venue Features: 
Loading dock
WiFi
Venue Capacity: 
30
Venue Fee Range Minimum: 
$200
Venue Fee Range Maximum: 
$1,000
Venue Accessibility: 
Facility is physically accessible (such as parking, entrances, accessible restrooms, seating, backstage)
Venue Name: 
Haybarn Theater
Venue Type: 
Theater
Venue Address: 
123 Pitkin Rd
Plainfield, VT 05641
Venue Phone: 
802-322-1666
Stage Details: 
Black Box
Seasons Available: 
Spring
Summer
Winter
Fall
Venue Features: 
Climate control
Dance floor
Dressing room(s)
Exhibition walls
Fly space
Green room
Light system / track lighting
Loading dock
Movie screen/projection capabilities
Piano
Sound system
WiFi
Venue Capacity: 
200
Venue Fee Range Minimum: 
$1,000
Venue Fee Range Maximum: 
$5,000
Venue Accessibility: 
Access accommodations for people who are Deaf and hard-of-hearing
Facility is physically accessible (such as parking, entrances, accessible restrooms, seating, backstage)
Additional Comments: 
Scheduling must fit between Goddard College residency schedule