DORKBOT-SYD : OCTOBER, Tuesday 27th
What: “People doing strange things with electricity”.
When: Tuesday 27th of October, 19:00 for 19:30 speak-off.
Back to our regular scheduled monthly event!
P R E S E N T E R S
‘nervous system’ is made up of twenty light and sound emitting poles that respond to their surroundings and each other. Each pole can react to temperature, light, sound and motion. Together they form a complex “biological” system that reflects both the environmental conditions in the park and the playful gestures of its visitors.
John Tonkin is a Sydney based artist who has been playing around with computers since the late 1970’s. ‘nervous system’ was made for the Gold Coast City Council as part of the Southport Broadwater Parklands redevelopment. John teaches within the Digital Cultures Program, University of Sydney and is represented by BREENSPACE, Sydney.
HARRIET BIRKS + SNOW CRASH
‘Snow Crash’ is a virtual landscape that recalls early flight simulators and low-fi computer graphics.
It is a finite world of reduced planes akin to sci-fi concepts of virtual worlds such as the ‘meta-verse’ in Neal Stephenson’s ‘Snow Crash’ or the ‘auto-verse’ in Greg Egan’s ‘Permutation City’… a parallel universe to Google Earth, World of Warcraft and Second Life. The audio track crackles with static interference suggesting possible radio transmissions from unseen origins. Pulsing black spheres float eerily in the sky. Clusters of quartz grow from mysterious ruins, resembling the ‘Crystal World’ of J.G. Ballard. In a simultaneous glance back at the past and to post-apocalyptic narratives of the future it provokes questions about our current direction and our changing technological landscape. ‘Snow Crash’ is a place of mysterious energy, a world that is self-organised from the chaos of white noise into a drifting static dream.
Harriet Birks is a Sydney based new media artist. She works with Audio Visual technologies and is a lecturer of animation at the College of Fine Arts, UNSW.
S H O W + T E L L
We invite people to bring along projects they are working on or any other cool things to show in a free-for-all at the end of the night. This is a great time to talk to people about things that are coming up, events and what not. Bring in something you have found, something you have broken and show us what you’ve got!
NEWS : DORKBOT GROUP SHOW FEBRUARY 2010
We are also going to be having a Dorkbot Group show in February 2010. Think of it as somewhere between a gallery show and a science fair. There will be an open call for submissions in the next week and if you would like to hear some details about the show Pia van Gelder will be talking about how to apply and what we are looking for (pretty much anything awesome!).
Be there AND be square.