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Origami Vending Machine (in person only)

March 24 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Origami artist and teacher Sok Song introduces an innovative Origami Vending Machine, appearing at the Bureau of General Services—Queer Division (the Bureau), Sunday, March 24th, from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM. This interactive, site-specific sculpture/installation offers a unique time and performance-based experience, allowing participants to select their preferred paper and choose from various traditional origami models to receive a free folded object from the ingenious Origami Vending Machine.

● Website: http://origamivendingmachine.com or http://ovmnyc.com

About the Origami Vending Machine: The Origami Vending Machine (OVM) is a site-specific, interactive sculpture measuring 3 feet deep by 3 feet wide by 4 feet tall. Participants choose a sheet of patterned paper and feed it into the machine. Then they select the origami model they would like by pressing a button. Afterwards, an animation of the model being folded is displayed on a digital screen. In less than a minute, the finished origami creation is dispensed!

Current Locations:

  •   Kinokuniya (Sun., Feb. 18, noon-4pm)
  •   Manhattan Graphics Center (Sat., Mar. 2, noon-4pm)
  •   92nd Street Y (Sat., Mar. 16, noon-4pm)
  •   BGSQD (Sat., Mar. 24, 1-3pm)
  •  CUNY Hunter College (TBA)
  •  NYC Subway (TBA)

Suggestions for future locations can be sent to these OVM websites: http://origamivendingmachine.com and http://ovmnyc.com


About Sok Song:

Sok Song is a versatile interdisciplinary artist who incorporates traditional paper-folding along with his Korean heritage into various fine art forms such as sculpture, ceramics, printmaking, and painting. An award-winning multimedia creator, he’s the founder of Creased, Inc., and the Origami Meetup Group (OMGNYC), and the author of multiple publications, including Origami Chic and Crease + Fold. Sok currently teaches origami and printmaking at the 92nd Street Y and has taught at other esteemed institutions like the American Museum of Natural History, MoMA, CUNY Hunter, and the Manhattan Graphics Center, as well as at international conferences and various public and private schools. His inventive design work has been featured in Vogue, Vanity Fair, L’Uomo, Marie Claire, Pop, Icon, Self, and GQ. Sok has become the first individual ever to receive a degree in Origami, thanks to the CUNY Baccalaureate program. Sok’s artistic journey also encompasses many honors such as a residency at the Center for Contemporary Printmaking, an Awesome Foundation Award for his Origami Vending Machine, and an NEA grant via the Vermont Studio Center. Sok is a 2024 artist-in-residence at Makerspace NYC, where he’s employing origami to address immigration, border conflicts, and militarized zones, for a public sculpture in MakerPark.

The Origami Vending Machine is made possible in part by the NYC chapter of the Awesome Foundation a.k.a. AwesomeNYC: https://www.awesomefoundation.org/en/chapters/nyc

For media inquiries, please contact Sok Song at soksong@gmail.com.

For more information, visit http://origamivendingmachine.com.


Registration Required:
Youth Only:
Arts and Culture
March 24
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm


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Bureau of General Services Queer Division (BGSQD)
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Youth Only