The fourth meeting of dorkbot anglia, took place on Monday 21st February 2011, and we were the guests of The School of Music, University of East Anglia. An audience of over twenty-five people enjoyed an evening of talks and conversations with "people doing strange things with electricity" in the East Anglian area. The evening was introduced by Bill Vine of the UEA.
Jason Dixon is a keen improviser, circuit-bender and SuperCollider enthusiast. Jason's improvisions are made simultaneously with performers across the world, each performance being different due to the characteristics of the Internet on that day. He demonstrated the tools they have developed to collaborate in playful and mischievous ways.
Guy Peryer from the Stroke and Rehabilitation Laboratory (STaRLab) at UEA, discussed the use of music therapy for movement rehabilitation for stroke patients. He showed how we will exhibit a spontaneous motor response to a repetitive sound stimuli - explaining why we will tap our feet tapping to a rhythm and how this can help patients relearning to walk.
Phil Archer of the Norwich University College of the Arts uses homemade and hacked electronics to create musical instruments, sound installations and visual art. He showed us some recent work creating audio feedback using candles and solar panels, paintings that appear and disappear with thermochromic paint, self-organising electronic sonic fireflies and imaginary animals that only appear when you photograph them:
dorkbot encourages grassroots meetings of artists, engineers, designers, scientists, inventors and anyone else working under the very broad umbrella of electronic art. Started by Douglas Repetto at Columbia University in 2000, dorkbot is now global in almost 100 cities; dorkbot anglia is one of the newest.
Our intention is for dorkbot anglia to run every two or three months in a different town in the region. If you would like to participate or could offer a venue, please get in touch -