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Dorkbot SoCal 47

***** Saturday, December 3, 2011
***** 4:00pm
***** SCI-Arc hosts Dorkbot in the Robotics & Simulation Lab
***** 960 East 3rd Street
***** Los Angeles, CA 90013

Introduction by Peter Testa / Devyn Weiser
Demonstration by Brandon Kruysman / Jonathan Proto

SCI-Arc Robotics and Simulation Lab (SRSL), initiated and designed by faculty members Peter Testa and Devyn Weiser, builds upon the school's strengths to create a next generation platform for experimentation and speculation on the future of architecture. Situated conceptually and physically between studio and shop, school and industry, SRSL is more than simply a logical progression in digital tooling. The lab offers the opportunity to develop a unique, institute specific position in the emerging field of robotics in architecture.



The 1,000 square-foot double height robot cell focuses on multi-robot collaboration and multi-media simulation using 5 state-of-the-art Staubli robot systems: (2) RX160, (2) TX90, and (1) TX90L. The relatively lightweight, six-axis robotic arms are in a range of positions (floor and ceiling mounted) to create a reconfigurable 3D work space with many possible applications. The adjacent simulation lab houses the Staubli TX40 robot where students, along with their instructors, conduct hands-on training and testing.

For more information, see http://www.machinators.org.



Dorkbot SoCal 46

***** Sunday, October 16, 2011
***** 1:00pm-3:00pm
***** Machine Project
***** 1200 D North Alvarado Street
***** Los Angeles, CA 90026
***** Google map of Machine Project

Sean Bonner - Safecast.org
http://www.safecast.org/

Sean Bonner will present Safecast, a global project working to empower people with data, primarily by mapping radiation levels and building a sensor network, enabling people to both contribute and freely use the data collected. Created 1 week after the 3/11 Japan earthquake, Safecast has deployed 25 mobile, 50 handheld, and 50 static radiation sensors.



Carlyn Maw - Store Front Music
http://blog.makezine.com/archive/2011/07/store-front-music-the-diy-edition.html

Carlyn Maw is a co-founder of Crash Space, a hackerspace in Culver City, CA. Carlyn will describe the Crash Space group project "Store Front Music", which allows people who walk past the hackerspace to interact with a music making machine.


Jim Jenkins
http://www.jimjenkins.net/

Part sculptor, part engineer, and part choreographer, Jim Jenkins' work primarily features the animation of text and objects to represent a situation or an observation. Inspirations also come from simple movements often found in nature, such as the rhythmic flapping of a bird's wings to the hypnotic swaying of a cat's tail.





Dorkbot SoCal 45 & Book Launch: Xtine Borrough, Jonah Brucker-Cohen, Jeremy Rotsztain

***** TUESDAY, JULY 26th, 2011
***** 7:00pm
***** Machine Project
***** 1200 D North Alvarado Street
***** Los Angeles, CA 90026
***** Google map of Machine Project

Presenters will include...


1. Xtine Borrough

http://missconceptions.net
http://www.routledge.com/books/details/9780 415882224/

xtine is a media artist, educator, editor of Net Works: Case Studies in Web Art and Design (Routledge 2011) and co-author of Digital Foundations (New Riders/AIGA 2009). Informed by the history of conceptual art, she uses social networking, databases, search engines, blogs, and applications in combination with popular sites like Facebook, YouTube, or Mechanical Turk, to create web communities promoting interpretation and autonomy. xtine believes art shapes social experiences by mediating consumer culture with rebellious practices. As an associate professor of communication at CSUF, shebridges the gap between histories, theories, and production in design and new media education. Her website is http://missconceptions.net .

"Net Works: Case Studies in Web Art and Design" offers an inside look into the process of successfully developing thoughtful, innovative digital media. In many practice-based art texts and classrooms, technology is divorced from the socio-political concerns of those using it. Although there are many resources for media theorists, practice-based students sometimes find it difficult to engage with a text that fails to relate theoretical concerns to the act of creating. Net Works strives to fill that gap.Using websites as case studies, each chapter introduces a different style of web project--from formalist play to social activism to data visualization--and then includes the artists' or entrepreneurs' reflections o n the particular challenges and outcomes of developing that web project. Scholarly introductions to each section apply a theoretical frame for the projects. Beyond project summaries, chapters also include an explanation of the w ebsites' technological components; historical, cultural, and ethical perspectives; a list of links; key wor ds; and short online exercises that relate technical skills to individual projects. Combining practical ski lls for web authoring with critical perspectives on the web, Net Works is ideal for courses in new media design, art, communication, critical studies, media and technology, or popular digital/internet culture.

Net Works: Case Studies in Web Art and Design (Routledge 2011)

2. Jonah Brucker-Cohen

http://www.coin-operated.com
http://www.scrapyardchallenge.com
http://www.twitter.com/coinop29

Jonah Brucker-Cohen is a researcher, artist, and writer. He received his Ph.D. in the Disruptive Design Team of the Networking and Telecommunications Research Group (NTRG), Trinity College Dublin. He is an adjunct assistant professor at Parsons MFA in Design & Technology. He has held a Research Fellow positions at Media Lab Europe and Eyebeam Center for Art and Technology in New York City. His work and thesis focuses on the theme of "Deconstructing Networks" which includes over 77 projects that attempt to critically challenge and subvert accepted perceptions of network interaction and experience. His writing has appeared in numerous international publications including WIRED Magazine, Make Magazine, Neural, Rhizome.org, Art Asia Pacific, Gizmodo and more, and his work has been presented at events and organizations such as DEAF (03,04), Future Everything (2004, 2009), Art Futura (04), SIGGRAPH (00,05),Transmediale (02,04,08), ISEA (02,04,06,09), Institute of Contemporary Art in London (04), Tate Modern (03), Whitney Museum of American Art's ArtPort (03), Ars Electronica (02,04,08), ZKM Museum of Contemporary Art (04-5), Museum of Modern Art (MOMA - NYC)(2008),San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA) (2008), and Palais Du Tokyo, Paris (2009). His work has been reported about in The New York Times, Wired News, Make, El Pais, Gizmodo, Engadget, The Register, Slashdot, The Wire, Rhizome, Crunch Gear, Beyond the Beyond, Neural, Liberation, Village Voice, IEEE Spectrum, The Age, Taschen Books, and more.

Jonah Brucker-Cohen - Scapyard Challenge


3. Jeremy Rotsztain

http://www.mantissa.ca
http://twitter.com/jmantissa
http://www.photoribbons.com

Jeremy Rotsztain is a Canadian digital artist who, taking cues from the practice of painting, works with movies, images, and sound as a kind of malleable and expressive material. In his work, popular narratives, pixels, and sound bites are sampled, transformed, re-arranged and composed in an effort to examine the language and patterns of contemporary media and the shared cultural experiences that we have with them. Jeremy writes custom software, enabling him to collect, edit, and compose with his materials in hybrid and unconventional ways that aren't supported by existing commercial software applications. His work has been screened, performed and exhibited at the Cooper Hewitt and the New York Hall of Science in NYC, Urban Screens in Melbourne, Subtle Technologies and InterAccess in Toronto, Electric Fields in Ottawa, SAT in Montreal, and New Forms Festival in Vancouver.


Action Painting is a series of animated digital paintings composed using cinematic gestures from Hollywood action flicks. Moving visual elements from popular action films -- explosions, fistfights, car chases, and gunshots-- are used as compositional material to create works in the style of abstract expressionist painters such as Jackson Pollock. Action Painting brings together the adrenalin-filled culture of action cinema and the formalist canon of modernist painting. It is a line of inquiry into spontaneity and self-expression that contrasts user-generated web 2.0 culture against the work of the genius craftsman -- and reflects cinema's use of violence as pure spectacle.

Jeremy Rotsztain - Action Paintings





Dorkbot SoCal 44

***** SUNDAY, June 5, 2011
***** 1:00pm
***** Machine Project
***** 1200 D North Alvarado Street
***** Los Angeles, CA 90026
***** Google map of Machine Project

Presenters will include...

John Carpenter
http://www.johnbcarpenter.com/

John Carpenter is an interactive designer and artist who explores complex data and spaces. based in santa monica, he works for morphosis architects (2005-present) as the visual and interactive desig ner and teaches media arts at loyola marymount university. john earned his MFA from the department of design | media arts in the school of the arts and architecture at UCLA (2009) where his thesis w ork, Shoreline Equivalent: Qualitative Spaces in Interactive Art, used qualitative observations of sand patterns at the beach to create an immersive, interactive installation that allowed viewers to explore the fluid, dynamic and emergent nature of the shoreline.



Karl Lautman
http://www.karllautman.com/

Karl Lautman makes kinetic sculpture. His work, which is in public, private, and corporate collections and was recently on display at Mindshare LA, explores the tension between what we want or expect machines to do, and their often conflicting agenda. He'll be discussing this theme in more detail, with photos, video, and actual examples of finished and in-process work. The video of his piece, "Ouroborus" (pictured), has been viewed more than 600,000 times on YouTube.



Alex Braidwood
http://www.listeninginstruments.com/

Alex Braidwood will be demonstrating "Noisolation Headphones", an invention for mechanically transforming the relationship between a person and the noise in their environment. Alex Braidwood is a designer and design educator who maintains a practice centered around a process of play, experimentation and research through making. Alex's current work explores methods for transforming the relationship between people and the noise in their environment. Alex earned his BFA in Graphic Design from the College for Creative Studies in Detroit, MI and his MFA in Media Design from the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, CA.




Dorkbot SoCal 43


***** SUNDAY, February 27, 2011
***** 1:00pm
***** Machine Project
***** 1200 D North Alvarado Street
***** Los Angeles, CA 90026
***** Google map of Machine Project

Christopher O'Leary
http://users.design.ucla.edu/~oleary/index.html

Christopher O'Leary is an artist who works across mediums including video, photography, sound and i nstallation. Utilizing novel lighting and post-production techniques, the creation of his work is t ightly controlled, enhancing and building upon the performative aspects of his projects. These acti vities include performance art, computer-vision systems and non-linear videos.



Lewis Keller
http://adagio.calarts.edu/~glewlio/

Los Angeles based artist Lewis Keller manipulates frequency, timbre and amplitude via performance, installation, fabrication and digital media. His work combines sophisticated technology with crude humble structures, inviting listeners to question their relationships with time, technology, space, sound and silence. He received his BA from Colorado College and his MFA from CalArts.



Michael Wilson and Chris Weisbart

Michael Wilson and Chris Weisbart of the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles will be presenting on the incorporation of DIY and open source technologies in the museum exhibit world, where the need for interpretive and educational technology is often not matched by budgets. The team will present a lecture on projects they havedeveloped for the NHM as well as a current project that Michael and Chris have been working on in collaboration with students at New Mexico Highlands University dealing with the Miller-Urey experiment.




Dorkbot SoCal 42: Snowball Blaster Demo in Santa Clarita

***** Tuesday, December 28, 2010
***** 7:00pm
***** The Driveway of Ric Turner
***** The brightest house on Philbrook Avenue
**** * Santa Clarita, CA 91354
***** Google map of Ric's Driveway
***** Street view of Ric's Driveway

Ric Turner - Snowball Blaster
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xDZtIirXXtQ



This is a special holiday edition of Dorkbot SoCal, held at perhaps the most ambitious light display in Southern California. We'll meet at the driveway of Ric Turner at 7pm on Tuesday December 28th 2010, and he'll demo and explain his latest Christmas Light video game project, Snowball Blaster.

Ric Turner is a former Disney Imagineer who created special effects for theme park attractions and shows such as Space Mountain, TheHaunted Mansion, and the Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage.
Snowball Blaster Description

Hop in Santa's electric training sled and grab the game controller for an adventure in snowball dodging. Press the left button to move left and the right to move right. Make it past all the snowballs for a big light show! (nobody has made it yet!) Game is easy enough for kids and challenging for adults... and quite addictive.

Snowball Blaster has 128 channels of Light-o-rama controlled by a PC. The game logic is running on a Basic Stamp which accepts inputs from the player switches and controls the Red Arrows with sold state relays. The BS also sends logic level triggers to the LOR system for Game start and Crash. The snowballs, scoreboard (and the rest of the light show live in the LOR program.) There are separate LOR programs for Attract, Crash and Game play. T he BS knows when the snowballs reach the bottom, and compares that to where it knows the Arrow is to detect crashes.

The game is designed around the limitation of having very few positions to light up. The timing of when they light up is more versatile, so that's where the game lives. It's easy to learn, starts easy and gets harder pretty quick. The audio is broadcast on FM so people watching in cars get a good show too.

Come on out, and bring your friends and family!

Dorkbot SoCal 41

***** Saturday, October 16, 2010
***** 1:00pm
***** Machine Project
***** 1200 D North Alvarado Street
***** Los Angeles, CA 9002 6
***** Google map of Machine Project

David Resnick - Undulating Flux
http://www.davidresnick.me/

Undulating Flux is David's first-year project in the Arts Computation Engineering program at UC Irvine. The goal of Undulating Flux is to bring the participant into what psychologist Mihalyi Cs ikszentmihalyi termed a flow state, described as a state of being wherein action follows upon action according to an internal logic that seems to need no conscious intervention by the participant. Undulating Flux explores these questions by setting up a transduction chain wherein a vib rationist sends intense music and motion-synced vibrations into the participants body.The technology behind this project centers around the Nintendo Wii remote and the Max programming environment. The wiimote data is streamed into Max wherein parameters are set to control the intensity of each vibrator individually. A Max package called Maxuino is used to send the control data to an Arduino microcontroller, which is connected to the motor s.




Theron Trowbridge - DIY 3D Printing

Theron Trowbridge lives in Los Angeles and manages the digital video encoding department of a Hollywood post production facility. A life-long DIY-er, he is a founding member of CRASH Space, a hackerspace in Los Angeles, where he helped build, maintain, and upgrade multiple MakerBot Cupcake CNCs. He has also 3D objects for priting and is a regular contributor to Thingiverse.In his spare time, Theron creates and performs weird computer-generated electronic music under the monicker Bangsplat.




Kevin Nelson - Nexus Pyrosphere
http://nexusorg.org/category/fire-art/pyrosphere-fire-art/

Created by the Nexus group, The PyroSphere is a 22 ft diameter geodesic sphere, elevated on five 15 ft legs for a total hieght of 37 ft. The sphere itself has 92 flame effect valves, each located at one of the sphere's 92 vertices, which emits a 3 to 4 ft fire ball, controlled individually by a microcontroller.



Dorkbot SoCal 40

***** Saturday, May 22, 2010
***** 1:00pm
***** Machine Project
***** 1200 D North Alvarado Street
***** Los Angeles, CA 90026
***** Google map of Machine Project

Come celebrate Dorkbot SoCal's 40th event this Saturday - with Rube Goldberg machines and hackerspaces. Presenters include:

Brett Doar - Rube Goldberg Machines
http://www.brettdoar.com/

Brett will discus the mechanics behind the recent Rube Goldberg machine he built for the Colbert Report. Br ett was also involved in the Rube Goldberg machine for OK Go.



Hackerspace Showcase: Crashspace and Nullspace

Local hackerspaces will be showcased, with presentations about their capabilities, membership, culture, and recent projects, including Crashspace in Culver City represented by R. Kevin Nelson, and Nullspace in downtown LA represented by M.



Dorkbot SoCal 39

***** Saturday, March 20, 2010
***** 1:00pm
***** Machine Project
***** 1200 D North Alvarado Street
***** Los Angeles, CA 90026
***** Google map of Machine Project

Ruth West, Todd Margolis, Joachim Gossmann
http://www.atlasinsilico.net/

"ATLAS in silico" is the result of a vibrant collaboration between artists and scientists spanning new media, computer science, metagenomics, biology, and engineering.

Ruth West is an artist with background as a molecular genetics researcher. She is Director, Interactive Technologies for CENS (Center for Embedded Networked Sensing) on the UCLA campus and is concurrently an Artist-Research Associate at the UCSD Center for Research in Computing and the Arts, where she is the first CALIT2 New Media Artist crossing over to the Digitally Enabled Genomic Medicine Layer.

Todd Margolis is currently the Technical Director of the Center for Research in Computing and the Arts (CRCA) at UCSD. In 2004, he received his MFA in Electronic Visualization from the Electronic Visualization Laboratory at the University of Illinois at Chicago. He is a founding member of the immersive and interactive art and technology non-profit organization, Applied Interactives, and also a member of the art collaborative Sine::apsis Experiments.

Joachim Gossmann is an audiocentric media artist interested in a true interdisciplinary discourse between science and the senses. He is currently working on a PhD in Computer Music at the Center for Research and Computing in the Arts at U. C. San Diego. He also holds a a Tonmeister degree from University of the Arts, Berlin, a MFA in Composition/Experimental Sound Practices from the Californian Institute of the Arts, and has 6 years of professional experience in research, production and development of music in experimental media working at Fraunhofer IMK and the Center for Arts and Media Technology in Karlsruhe, Germany.



Dane Picard
http://www.danepicard.com/



MluM
http://mlum.com
MLuM is a Long Beach and Singapore based punceptual histriophonic art ensemble, comprised of multi-national artists whose creato-researchive interests include: The utilization and/or incorporation of scientific, scientistic and pseudo-scientific technologies, methodologies, idealogies and procedures in(to) aesthetic and artistic processes and practices; The aesthetics of sustainability; Sustainability as artistic tradition and genre; The geographics of social networking pertaining to the environmentics of location and mindset; Performance orientations relative to interactive systems within improvisational structures and environments; Charting influence within the aesthetic-ismos.

Always in search of collaborators, MLuM will deliver a paper (presented at MUSICACOUSTICA, Beijing) entitled "Databasethetics."




Dorkbot SoCal 38

***** Saturday, October 31, 2009
***** 1:00pm
***** Machine Project

Micha Cárdenas - Lecturer, Visual Arts Department, UCSD // Artist/R esearcher, Experimental Game Lab and b.a.n.g. lab
Chris Head - MFA Candidate UCSD // Artist/Researcher, Experimental Game La b and b.a.n.g. lab
Elle Mehrmand - MFA Candidate UCSD // Musician, Assembly of Mazes // Artis t/Researcher, b.a.n.g. lab
http://va-grad.ucsd.edu/~drupa l/node/918

The Freephone is an art project that aims to provide people just deported from the US with a free phone call. To achieve this, a group of UCSD MFA students and graduates came together to present the phone at the Lui Velazquez gallery in Tijuana, just a few feet from the turnstiles where people who are deported are dropped off by the border patrol. The project is by Chris Head, Micha Cárdenas, Elle Mehrmand , Katherine Sweetman, Felipe Zuñiga and Camilo Ontiveros

The Freephone is an effort to use new media performance art or performance with technology to make the experience that people who are deported from the US a little bit less difficult. To make the phone, the artists bought a non working payphone casing from Ebay.com, wired it to a new $10 phone from a store and hooked that up to an adapter which would allow the phone to make calls over the internet. Then, the phone was installed outside of the Lui Velazquez gallery and the artists invited people coming through the turnstiles at the border to make a free phone call.



D.V. Rogers
http://pieqf.allshookup.org/

Leaving No trace, the Parkfield Interventional EQ Fieldwork (PIEQF) was a geologically interactive machine earthwork temporarily installed in the remote township of Parkfield, Central California during the summer of 02008. This time-sharing, performance earthwork merged together the micro-seismic resonance of geological time and the autonomous operation of a ready-made, modified machine, producing an immersive, digitally mapped 21st century machine earthwork action.



Owen Gerst
http://stolondesign.com/

Owen Gerst is engaged in the process of architecture, but casts aside the title of architect. He is a representative of ideas, and draws a distinction between building and architecture. Building serves basic raw needs. Architecture is about something - an IDEA. It is the IDEA that, through the creative process, serves as the catalyst in a process of transformation - turning the very basic into something special, unique, and magnificent. The IDEA is the essence of architecture, and it is the IDEA that Gerst is interested in - the IDEA in all its forms and methods of representation.

Dorkbot SoCal 37

***** Saturday, July 11, 2009
***** 1:00pm
***** Machine Project
***** 1200 D North Alvarado Street
***** Los Angeles, CA 90026
***** Google map of Machine Project

Heather Knight
http://www.marilynmonrobot.com/
A newbie Angelino and recent alumnus from the Personal Robots Group at the MIT Media Lab, Heather is a Social Roboticist who works at the Jet Propulsion Lab. She has two degrees from MIT in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and a minor in Mechanical Engineering, working in Robotics since 2002 under Professor Cynthia Breazeal. This dorkbot she will present her work enabling robots to understand nonverbal human gestures and talk about the potentials for interactive technology incorporated into everyday objects, such as clothing.




Jody Zellen
http://www.jodyzellen.com/
Jody Zellen is an artist living in Los Angeles, California. She works in many media simultaneously making photographs, installations, net art, public art, as well as artists' books that explore the subject of the urban environment. She employs media-generated representations of contemporary and historic cities as raw material for aesthetic and social investigations.




Xuan "Sean" Li
http://www.way2sky.com/portfolio/
Xuan "Sean" Li creates works that merge concepts and ideas from different disciplines into new digital and electronic expression. He has worked in the areas of web design, game level design, product design, and 3D rendering and animation. His most recent work attempts to expand the role of information visualization as an art form through a novel combination of physical sensors with generative visuals, exploring new aesthetic possibilities by expressing the nature of the wireless data flow.




Dorkbot SoCal 36

***** Saturday, June 20, 2009
***** 1:00pm
***** Machine Project
***** 1200 D North Alvarado Street
***** Los Angeles, CA 90026
***** Google map of Machine Project




DESIGN ALGORITHMS: SKEUOMORPHS, SPANDRELS & PALIMPSESTS
This event will explore how cultural objects shift over time, with each presenter exploring a single term related to patterns of cultural change.

Skeuomorphs - Garnet Hertz - UC Irvine
"An ornament or design on an object copied from a form of the object when made from another material or by other techniques"

Garnet Hertz is an interdisciplinary artist, Fulbright Scholar and is an affiliate of the Laboratory for Ubiquitous Computing and Interaction in the Department of Informatics at UC Irvine. He has shown his work at several notable international venues in eleven countries including Ars Electronica, DEAF and SIGGRAPH and was awarded the prestigious 2008 Oscar Signorini Award in robotics. His research is widely cited in academic publications, and popular press on his workhas disseminated through 25 countries including The New York Times, Wired, The Washington Post, NPR, USA Today, NBC, CBS, TV Tokyo and CNN Headline News.

Spandrels - Tim Durfee - Art Center
"The roughly triangular space between the left or right exterior curve of an arch and the rectangular framework surrounding it"

Tim Durfee is an architect based in Los Angeles. His independent and collaborative work has produced buildings, exhibitions, temporary installations, furniture, urban sign systems, interfaces, videos, and maps. He is a partner of the Los Angeles office Durfee | Regn and teaches at Art Center College of Design in the Graduate Media Design Program. He was director of the Visual Studies Program at the Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc), and recently completed a Visiting Professorship at Woodbury University. Current projects include several houses, a penthouse loft and rooftop in downtown LA, signs for the Gallery Row district in Los Angeles, and a museum on the history of transportation in Los Angeles near the Port of Los Angeles. With Durfee Regn Sandhaus (DRS), Tim Durfee has also created award-winning exhibitions for museums across the country.

Palimpsests - Norman Klein - CalArts / Art Center
"A manuscript, typically of papyrus or parchment, that has been written on more than once, with the earlier writing incompletely erased and often legible."

Norman Klein is a cultural critic, and both an urban and media historian, as well as a novelist. His books include "The History of Forgetting: Los Angeles and the Erasure of Memory," "Seven Minutes:The Life and Death of the American Animated Cartoon," the data/cinematic novel, "Bleeding Through: Layers of Los Angeles, 1920-86" (DVD-ROM with book), "The Vatican to Vegas: The History of Special Effects", "Freud in Coney Island," and the forthcoming "The Imaginary 20th Century." His essays appear in anthologies, museum catalogs, newspapers, scholarly journals, on the web -- symptoms of a polymath's career, from European cultural history to animation and architectural studies, to LA studies, to fiction, media design and documentary film. His work (including museum shows) centers on the relationship between collective memory and power, from special effects to cinema to digital theory, usually set in urban spaces; and often on the thin line between fact and fiction; about erasure, forgetting, scripted spaces, the social imaginary.


Dorkbot SoCal 35

***** Sunday, May 17, 2009
***** 1:00pm
***** Machine Project
***** 1200 D North Alvarado Street
***** Los Angeles, CA 90026
***** Google map of Machine Project

John Arroyo
http://www.remixin.com/
John is a composer, producer and DJ and is involved with an iterative remix project called Remixin. He will discus how music changes as it is iteratively remixed, which he calls "remi x evolution".
Video by Doug Welch



Jeremy Douglass
http://www.playpower.org
People need affordable learning games. Worldwide, 4.1 billion people earn under $3,000 per year, meaning that even a $100 computer is often out of reach for the world's emerging middle class. Playpower is targeting a $10 platform based on the 8-bit 6502 microprocessor that makes learning games affordable for "the other 90%." Playpower designs highquality learning games, conducts field trials to confirm that they work, and fosters collaborations between game designers, cognitive scientists and NGOs.
Video by Doug Welch


Image by ugotrade


"Open Dork" video by Doug Welch

Dorkbot SoCal 34

***** Sunday, March 8, 2009
***** 1:00pm [warning: first day daylight savings time!]
***** Machine Project
***** 1200 D North Alvarado Street
***** Los Angeles, CA 90026
***** Google map of Machine Project

Presenters will include:

Dan Goods
http://directedplay.com
Dan is the "Visual Strategist" for NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory at CalTech where he develops creative ways of communicating science. He recently has done artwork with aerogel and on a team to develop a 108-foot long data driven sculpture at the San Jose airport.



Eric Gradman and Brent Bushnell
http://mindshare.la/labs/
Eric and Brent will present ArtFall: a dynamic physical simulation by drawing on a whiteboard.




Brian O'Connor
Arduino + Chumby = Fun!: The Chumby is an open-source, ambient Internet device running Linux while the Arduino is an open-source prototyping platform. Brian will show how to connect an Arduino to the Chumby and develop a simple application that monitors the environment.



Dorkbot SoCal 33 - Aschheimm, Evans, Guttman

***** Saturday, January 10, 2009
***** 1:00pm
***** Machine Project
***** 1200 D North Alvarado Street
***** Los Angeles, CA 90026
***** Google map of Machine Project

Presenters:

Deborah Aschheim
http://www.deborahaschheim.com/

Deborah Aschheim creates works that blur biology and technology, exploring concepts of memory, architecture, and neural networks through drawings, sculpture, writing, installation and sounds.



Brian Evans
http://www.bwevans.net/

Brian Evans explores the intersection between reductivist sculptural form and the aesthetics of behavior, where structure and thought are fused. He creates simple moving objects with seemingly life-like qualities - electromechanical life forms with motivations only just beyond our understanding.



David Guttman
http://www.davidguttman.com

David Guttman creates interactive works that generate unique colors and shapes fr om sound and EEG.



Dorkbot SoCal 32 - World Power Systems Lab Sale

***** Saturday, November 1, 2008
***** 12:00pm - 3:00pm
***** World Power Systems
***** 2360 Allesandro Street
***** Los Angeles, CA 90039
***** Google map

Tom Jennings is clearing out his studio, and selling a pile of his stuff... and we're making an event out of it. Come out to look around, have some kosher or tofu hot dogs.

Cold-war stuff for sale: Nixies! Antique computing! Wind-up tape machines! Transi stors older than you! Gyroscopes! Flip-dot displays! Nixie assemblies! One-plane numeric displays! Radiation detectors! New (in 1950) aluminum project cabinets! W eird knobs! dials! switches! Old (nice!) radios! Ancient (working!) oscilloscopes ! Bubble [magnetic] memory! Tiny cathode ray tubes! Weird instrumentation!

Dorkbot SoCal 31 - "Nerd Droid", univac, Mack

***** Saturday, September 27, 2008
***** 1:00pm
***** Machine Project
***** 1200 D North Alvarado Street
***** Los Angeles, CA 90026
***** Google map of Machine Project

Presenters:

"Nerd Droid" (Jerrold Ridenour & Anthony Magnetta)
http://myspace.com/nerddroid


Instrument bending and video glitching VJ duo

Tom Koch (univac)
http://techdweeb.com

Musical Gadgets

Kevin Mack
http://www.kevinmackart.com/


Mathematical Abstract 3D Art


Dorkbot SoCal 30 - Gentner, Kuno, Doar

***** Saturday, July 26, 2008
***** 1:00pm
***** Machine Project
***** 1200 D North Alvarado Street
***** Los Angeles, CA
***** Google map of Machine Project

Presenters:

Steven Gentner



Steven Gentner will be speaking about a robot project built using RoboRealm, a powerful free computer vision based application for use in machine vision, image analysis, and image processing systems.

Gil Kuno
http://www.unsound.com



Through careful social conditioning, the mind is guided to think within certain patterns. Gil Kuno tries to redirect the flow of the mind outside of the set patterns we are taught by society to construct. Most of his works displace natural activity from its context, revealing an otherwise hidden level of metaphorical absurdity within the ordinary patterns present before our eyes. Much of his work revolves around the experience of sound. Gil Kuno is based in Tokyo and Los Angeles.

Brett Doar
http://brettdoar.kingvolcano.com



Brett Doar is a "paratechnologist" who creates "idiosyncratic electro-mechanical creatures out of inappropriate materials."


Dorkbot SoCal 29 - Make:Way Team gets 33rd Place

***** Thursday, May 29, 2008
***** 8:00pm
***** Machine Project
***** 1200 D North Alvarado Street
*****Los Angeles, CA
***** Google map of Machine



Hear the gut-wrenching tale of four plucky men and a crappy car who made a fooli sh fantasy into a foolish reality!

Earlier this year, Make: magazine agreed to sponsor Jason Torchinsky in fielding an entry into the 2008 24 Hours of Lemons motor race: an endurance race for cars valued at $500 or less. Jason gathered the best people in the field of enough free time and some interest in ra cing a shitbox: Tom Jennings, Brett Doar, and Sloan Fader. A 1993 Ford Escort LX was purchased for $300, and the work began.

In the end, The Make:Way car came in 33rd out of nearly 90 entries-- a far bette r result than ever hoped for. Come see what the team did, how they did it, and s ee the 33rd-place-winning car itself!




Press coverage: http://jalopnik.com/391333/huge-wing-e yeballs-propel-makeway-escort-to-33rd+place-lemons-finish


The project: http://www.makewayracing.com

More event info: http://machineproject.com/2008/05/27/makeway/



Dorkbot SoCal 28 - Seeley, Lotan & Edwards + Make Magazine design contest

***** Saturday, April 5, 2008
***** 1:00pm - 3:00pm
***** Machine Project
***** 1200 D North Alvarado Street
***** Los Angeles, CA
***** Google map of Machine

Guest hosted by Thomas Edwards, former Dorkbot Seattle overlord.

Presenters:

Damon Seeley
http://electroland.net/



Damon Seeley and partner Cameron McNall are Electroland, a team that creates large-scale public art projects and electronic installations. Each project is site-specific and may employ a broad range of media, including light, sound, images, motion, architecture and interactivity. Electroland is working at the forefront of new technologies to create interactive experiences where visitors can interact with buildings, spaces and each other in new and exciting ways.


Thomas Edwards
http://www.t11s.com
http://phy2phy.wikidot.com/



Thomas Edwards is a technology artist who is a recent transplant from Washington, DC (where he co-founded Dorkbot DC). He will be presenting "Phy2Phy", his campaign to link physical objects to other physical objects using the Interent. Phy2Phy concentrates on de-localization of interaction through the use of affordable hardware devices, and parallels the displacement of his own recent transcontinental journey.


Gilad Lotan
http://giladlotan.com



Gilad works to explore the intersection between culture, technology and spatial design, made possible through new media. What gets him excited is finding ways to create and use technology as a tool to strengthen connections between people and to places. He builds objects and designs spaces that take advantage of embedded technology as a way to augment their base line functionality.


= Make:Way Design Briefing =



Also, the Make Magazine 24 Hours of LeMons race car project will be giving a short presentation to describe how you can be involved and get a project in Make Magazine.

Make:Way is Make Magazine's entry into the 2008 24 Hours of LeMons race -- an endurance race where each car must be $500 or less. The Make:Way team will be transforming a $300 1993 Ford Escort LX into a screaming brute of a racecar. See how we do it!

We need individuals to produce side projects for inside the car, that will include, but not limited to:
  • Nixie tube (or other grabby display) gas gauge (A/D then display)
  • In-car video, in-car audio
  • Car-to-pitstop driver communication
  • Car telemetry (data capture in moving car, transmit to pit)
This will be at minimum a "side bar" project in Make: Magazine, so you could get a nice write up and be on the team, etc. Come on Saturday and check it out.

Project photos: http://flickr.com/photos/makeway/
Project blog: http://www.makewayracing.com
Race info: http://www.24hoursoflemons.com/
Make Magazine: Make Magazine



Dorkbot SoCal 27 - Make:Way Meet-The-Car Event


Saturday, March 29, 2008
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Tom's Place
2350 Allesandro Street Los Angeles, 90039
(at the corner of Whitmore)
(Google Maps)


Make:Way is Make: Magazine's entry into the 2008 24 Hours of LeMons race -- an endurance race where each car must be $500 or less. The Make:Way team will be transforming a $300 1993 Ford Escort LX into a screaming brute of a racecar. See how we do it!

Come out on Saturday at 4pm to see the car, meet the crew, and hang out. We will be wanting someone to produce side projects for inside the car, that will include, but not limited to:
  • Nixie tube (or other grabby display) gas gauge (A/D then display)
  • In-car video, in-car audio
  • Car-to-pitstop driver communication
  • Car telemetry (data capture in moving car, transmit to pit)
This will be at minimum a "side bar" project in Make: Magazine, so you could get a nice write up and be on the team, etc. C'mon out on Saturday and check it out.

Project photos: http://flickr.com/photos/makeway/
Project blog: http://www.makewayracing.com
Race info: http://www.24hoursoflemons.com/



Dorkbot SoCal 26 - LA Geek Dinner: Blind Date w/ Dorkbot


Tuesday, January 15, 2008
8:00 PM - 11:30 PM

Machine Project
1200 D North Alvarado Street
Los Angeles, California 90026
(Yahoo! Maps, Google Maps)



(Photo by Dave Bullock / eecue)

I know you've seen them out of the corner of your eye. I've been watching them too. They do geeky dinners in LA.

We've teamed up with Heather Vescent and Mark Allen of Machine Project to put together the January LA Geek Dinner / Dorkbot SoCal blind date. Basically that means, we're having nice food at Machine with the LA Geek Dinner folks.

Since this is a first date, be sure to bring stuff to show off. And you can bring a present for the white elephant exchange (something geeky, not more than $15).

Dinner will be about $15

RSVP for this event is required. Please state whether you are attending or not at http://upcoming.yahoo.com/event/389862/. If you RSVP, you must show up, or pay for your no-show. We're getting some classy catering!




Dorkbot SoCal 25 - Bullock (HDR Photography), Hoetzlein (Intelligent Things), Hertz Sr. (Supermileage Vehicles) - Machine Project, December 1st 2007, 1pm

[ S P E C S ]

*** December 1st 2007, 1pm (Saturday)
***
*** Machine Project
*** 1200 D North Alvarado Street
*** Los Angeles, CA 90026
*** http://www.machineproject.com
***


[ D E T A I L S ]

Meet at Machine Project @ 1pm on Saturday, December 1st 2007. We will have Dorkbot there. Presenters are as follows:

Dave Bullock
HDR Photography

http://eecue.com/



Today's digital cameras have a limited dynamic range compared to film. If you shoot a photo of a landscape with a beautiful cloudy sky, your landscape will be properly exposed, but your clouds will be washed out or vice-versa. High-Dynamic Range photography allows you to circumvent your sensor's limitations by taking multiple photos with different exposures and combining them on your computer. All you need is a camera capable of manual exposure settings, a tripod and a computer and you'll be on your way to HDR mastery.

Dave Bullock (eecue) is the offspring of a photographer and a programmer. He has been sifting through bits on the internet since he was young and along the way has taught himself programming, unix and photography. Dave is a frequent contributor to WIRED News and a member of the San Bernardino Sheriff's Search and Rescue Team. When he's not shooting photo of geeky stuff around Los Angeles, you can usually find him crawling through a cave, out in the desert or rescuing a wayward hiker.



Rama Hoetzlein
Intelligent Things: Ideas and Forms

http://www.rchoetzlein.com/



Rama will present a range of projects, including videos of mechnical and robotic sculptures, self-organizing systems and systems for knowledge organization. Themes will include the relationship between physical (embodied) and non-physical (mental) activity, knowledge representation, and systems of belief. The relationship of these projects to the interdisciplinary questions raised by intelligent systems will be introduced with the intention of engaging in an open discussion.

Rama Hoetzlein completed a BA in Computer Science, a BFA in Fine Arts from Cornell University in 2001 with thesis works in robotic sculpture. From 2002 to 2004, he co-founded the Game Design Initiative at Cornell University (GDIAC) in 2001, with David Schwartz, to support interdisciplinary education among artists and engineers. In 2007, Rama completed an MS with the Media Arts & Technology Program (MAT) at UC Santa Barbara in the area of knowledge organization, and is currently doing research in artificial intelligence and computer graphics.



Professor Barry Hertz
Saskatchewan Supermileage Vehicles

http://www.engr.usask.ca/faculty.php?barry.hertz



Professor Barry Hertz will be presenting on the development of ultra-fuel-efficient vehicles developed from 1980 to 1988 at the University of Saskatchewan, Canada. The distinctions held by the U of S engineers include winning every SAE Supermileage event entered during nine successive years, breaking three amateur world records, and shattering the absolute world fuel economy record on May 29, 1986 with a vehicle that got 4,738 miles per US gallon (5691 MPIG, 49.6 mL/100 km).

Barry Hertz specializes in Vehicle Research, Machine Design, Manufacturing, and Mechanical Tribology, with current and past projects including: 1. Vehicular transportation efficiency, 2. Vehicle aerodynamics, 3. Wind tunnel testing, 4. Machine Design: Automotive Vehicles, 5. Mechanical Tribology: Friction, Lubrication, & Wear, 6. Alternative Fuels and Lubricants, 7. Bio-Diesel Engine Wear Research.



[ M O R E _ I N F O R M A T I O N ]

Yahoo! Map of Machine Project or a Google Map of Machine Project

After the event, you may also be interested in going to Chris Csikszentihayli and Edmund Ming-Yipkwong's reception at Fringe Exhibitions from 6 to 8pm.

Contact Garnet Hertz if you are interested in giving a presentation at an upcoming Dorkbot SoCal event.

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Dorkbot SoCal 24 - Mister Jalopy's Studio, October 13th 2007, 5pm

[ S P E C S ]

*** October 13th 2007, 5pm (Saturday)
***
*** SECRET LOCATION DISCLOSED ONLY TO 30 RSVPs
*** Los Angeles, CA

After a long summer slumber, Dorkbot SoCal is back at it on October 13th 2007 at 5pm with a special studio visit/event with Mister Jalopy of http://hooptyrides.blogspot.com/ and Make Magazine. For more information, see Mister Jalopy's Dorkbot/Hooptyrides Open House aka "You call that a door prize?" post for details!




IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO COME TO THIS EVENT, EMAIL garnethertz@gmail.com WITH THE FOLLOWING:
  • Your name
  • Why you want to come
THIS EVENT IS LIMITED TO THE FIRST 30 PEOPLE THAT RSVSP. ONLY THESE PEOPLE WILL DIRECTIONS, AND SECURITY CLEARANCE.


From Mister Jalopy's post:
In conjunction with Dorkbot Socal, I will be throwing open the doors to Hooptyrides, Inc. but space is limited. Attendance will be restricted to the first thirty respondents per Dorkbot instructional internet presence (Link). One lucky attendee will leave with a door prize/boat anchor which will be won through a rousing round of Rock, Paper, Scissors. The contest portion of the evening will be officiated by Echo Park superhero, Mark Allen (Link). Mark doesn't know that he will be performing in this capacity, so if you happen to see him, please urge him to attend. Perhaps you should suggest that he bring a whistle.

What can you expect?
  • Demonstration of Mister Jalopy's Urban Guerrilla Movie House
  • Demonstration of the Giant Ipod
  • Demonstration of Boombox TV, as featured in upcoming Make article Platform:Boombox
  • Tour of Hooptyrides, Inc.
  • Tour of Hooptyrides, Inc. executive restroom reserved for those donating $5 (or more) to Machine Project (Link)
  • Live demonstration of Mister Jalopy's Four-Step Miracle Process for the Refurbishment of Wood as we transform crummy Delco console into something slightly less crummy. (No photos or videos, please. Some miracles need to be witnessed, not recorded.)
  • Ample opportunities to be separated from your money

You may ask, why do I have to win that console?

When I built the Giant Ipod, I had purchased/found three consoles as I was not sure which would work for my purposes. This is #2 of the three. If I find the 3rd, which is pretty likely, there may be two door prizes! What a lucky day that will be!

People confirmed to be attending this event:
  1. Garnet Hertz, Dorkbot SoCal, conceptlab.com, hot rod Vanagon
  2. Douglas Repetto, The Founder of Dorkbot and maker of great projects and nice guy - here from New York City
  3. Mark Allen, Machine Project
  4. Tom Jennings, World Power Systems
  5. Eliot Phillips, lead blogger for hackaday.com is driving out from Las Vegas just for this event
  6. Peter Krapp, Distraction Economy, krapp.org and author
  7. Leo, aspiring elementary school student
  8. Catherine Liu, Higher Yearning and author
  9. Amelia Guimarin, MyDeathSpace Researcher
  10. Brett Doar, King Volcano, talented paper clip-ish device creator and the world's most perfectly developed man
  11. Eric Kurland, the Stereoscope PS2 guy
  12. Becky Haycox, her identity somewhere between a dilettante and an aesthete, she marches to her own homemade drum.
  13. Craig Thomasian, http://krinkle.net - and he even blogged about being #13
  14. Jim Sedgwick, wants sticky cool makieness
  15. Steve Graham, ran into Mr. Jalopy at a garage sale recently and have been meaning to get around to stalking him
  16. Jacob Tonski, made an adjustable floor to make people the same height
  17. Jason Torchinsky has a 1973 Reliant Scimitar as a daily driver - one of the only ones in the US and in this month's MAKE along with Mister Jalopy.
  18. Tim Odell, a biomedical engineer. Hooptyrides HQ is his Wonka's Chocolate Factory.
  19. Daisy Odell, a mechanical engineer that is constantly demanding to pick up random appliances/furniture on discarded on the side of the road. To see his 4 step miracle process would be a life changing event.
  20. Randy Dugan, who built the "Iron Fairy", a 50cc sidecar that set 3 world records at El Mirage and Bonneville.
  21. Suzanne Stefanac co-founded RespondTV and is the director of the American Film Institute's Digital Content Lab
  22. Marc Tuters made a Fetemobile
  23. Coop. If you don't know of Coop, you should: described by House Industries as "morally bankrupt yet aesthetically rich". See Fine Art of Coop, Coop Stuff and Positive Ape Index.
  24. John Lilley makes beer can chicken and low resolution highly unreliable TVs
  25. Alan Teel remembers J. J. Glass downtown, the smell of warm bakelite and PCB oil.
  26. Glenn Zucman has a radio show called Strange Angels with lots of good interviews, including one with David Wilson from The Museum of Jurassic Technology
  27. Mark Frauenfelder is editor-in-chief of Make magazine and co-editor of Boing Boing. He has been spotted on the Colbert Report.
  28. Matt Ashton needs the inspiration to get off his ass and finally start tackling some of his dreams.
  29. Dave Bullock, aka eecue, covering this event for Wired.











Dorkbot SoCal 23 - Excursion to Norton Sales - Saturday May 5th 2007

[ S P E C S ]

*** May 5th 2007, 1pm
***
*** [meeting at 1pm, and leaving at 1:10pm]
*** Machine Project
*** 1200 D North Alvarado Street
*** Los Angeles, CA 90026
*** http://www.machineproject.com
***
*** [ending up at, at around 1:30pm]
*** Norton Sales inc.
*** 7429 Laurel Canyon Blvd
*** North Hollywood, CA 91605
***
*** Online Map from Machine to Norton or as a Nice PDF file.


(Photo by Dave Bullock (eecue))



[ D E T A I L S ]

Meet at Machine Project @ 1pm. We will be driving up to Norton at 1:10pm sharp. Maps will be left at Machine to help get you there. Alternately, you can just meet up at Norton at around 1:30pm. Note that the store closes at 3pm.

The goal of this event is this: get to Norton, buy something, and make something interesting with it in the month ahead. Bring it back to the next Dorkbot SoCal event, and the best object wins a free copy of the beautifully produced Machine Project Almanac v1.1, featuring a bunch of previous events. If you're better at photography or some other alternate skill, you're also welcome to take photos, document yourself at Norton doing something, etc. and also present it - anything goes.

Norton Sales has been a leading supplier of Aerospace and Industrial supplies since 1962. Our customers tend to be small shops and individuals who are looking for very specific, and often hard to find, parts for rocketry, stunt equipment, movie props and old school hydraulics.


Come on out, bring some money, your friends and some dirty clothes. Don't be late. Here's a description of the place and a picture of the storefront you'll be looking for...

Ready, set, go...




Dorkbot SoCal 22 - 3D/Stereo Imaging - Saturday March 10th 2007 at 1pm at Machine Project

[ S P E C S ]

*** March 10th 2007, 1pm
*** Machine Project
*** 1200 D North Alvarado Street
*** Los Angeles, CA 90026
*** http://www.machineproject.com


[ D O R K B O T   I N   3 D ]

This event will be on the theme of 3D imaging technologies and systems, and it's been in the making for a number of months. The event - organized with the help of Eric Kurland - will showcase some devices that have been informally demo'd at previous events, and also have presentations by two respected pioneers in 3D/stereo imaging technologies: Ray Zone and John A. Rupkalvis.

Come on out and bring your friends - seating is limited, and we'll be projecting/demonstrating in 3D: we'll be handing out stereo glasses to folks in the crowd... so come early. We will have some incredible hardware on site, too. Personally, I've seen Ray Zone recently present at USC: it was interesting, articulate and intelligent.


[ P R E S E N T E R S ]

photo by nebphoto by mickipedia

Eric Kurland is an award winning filmmaker and digital artist whose films have played in festivals around the world. He also runs the Hollywood Mobile Movie, which presents guerrilla drive-in movies around Los Angeles. He is currently working on several independent stereoscopic projects and has hacked together various rigs for shooting and displaying 3-D video.


photo from erezin.com

Ray Zone is a widely published author and speaker whose articles have appeared in the Los Angeles Times, American Cinematographer, and The Hollywood Reporter. A 3-D film producer and an award-winning 3-D artist and photographer, Zone has produced or published over 130 3-D comic books and created stereoscopic images for more than two decades.


photo by Ray Zone

John A. Rupkalvis is currently CEO of StereoScope International, which he founded in 1972, and Vice President of StereoMed, Inc., which he co-founded in 1978. He has served numerous clients in the motion picture and television industries, offering extremely experienced consultation on stereoscopic (three dimensional, or "3-D") imaging acquisition and display for producers and exhibitors. His extensive background has included serving as stereographer on over a dozen 3-D features and other productions, and he has designed and developed numerous stereoscopic systems and devices.



[ M O R E _ I N F O R M A T I O N ]

Map of Machine Project

Contact Garnet Hertz if you are interested in giving a presentation at an upcoming Dorkbot SoCal event.

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Dorkbot SoCal 21: Dorkbake Contest
Feb 3rd 2007, in the evening (Saturday)
Machine Project

[ S P E C S ]

*** Feb 3rd 2007, in the evening (Saturday) - exact time of bakeoff TBA
*** Machine Project
*** 1200 D North Alvarado Street
*** Los Angeles, CA 90026
*** http://www.machineproject.com


[ D O R K B A K I N G ]

Machine Project, Make Magazine and Superbunker are very excited to announce DORKBAKE! (Dorkbot SoCal is, of course, fully supportive of this effort too.)

What we know at this time:

1. We are inviting teams or individuals to construct small baking ovens using only the heat of a 100-watt incandescent bulb.

2. The makers of said ovens shall compete in a public bake-off with said ovens on the evening of Feb 3rd. Ingredients will be provided to all competitors at the event.

3. Winners shall be judged on engineering, aesthetics and tastiness. Prizes include subscriptions to MAKE and CRAFT, a free class at Machine, electronic kits and other goodies.

4. The name Easy-Bake Oven is property of Hasbro and shall not be mentioned again. Except for here:

I think you should get bonus points if you can exactly replicate this picture - but I technically have nothing to do with scoring of this contest.

5. A Registration fee of $13.37 per team is required to compete. Registration and more details available here

The Dorkbake FAQ is available here



[ M O R E _ I N F O R M A T I O N ]

Map of Machine Project

Contact Garnet Hertz if you are interested in giving a presentation at an upcoming Dorkbot SoCal event.

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Dorkbot SoCal 20: Laminar Sciences, Open Hack, with Dorkbake Contest Announcement / Registration
Jan 6th 2007, 1pm (Saturday)
Machine Project

[ S P E C S ]

*** Jan 6th 2007, 1pm (Saturday)
*** Machine Project
*** 1200 D North Alvarado Street
*** Los Angeles, CA 90026
*** http://www.machineproject.com


[ S C H E D U L E ]

We'll start this event with a demo by Bob Blackstock from Laminar Sciences Corporation: he'll be bringing and demoing some patent-pending "streaming birefringence" devices that produce extraordinarily interesting and colorful flow visualizations. It's like a combination of kaleidoscope, Etch-a-Sketch, and Lava Lamp with swirling colors spontaneously appear then disappear. Bob is exploring aesthetic and technical applications for these devices, including flow visualization for fluid mechanics and aerodynamics. See http://www.laminarsciences.com/id11.html for videos of this gear in action.

After Bob's demo, we'll be breaking into an "Open Hack": bring your scrap junk, ideas, in-progress devices, and completed projects. We'll bring out the tables and tools and hack away and chat for about an hour.

At the end of the event, we'll be announcing and taking registrations for our "Dorkbake" contest. Basically, people can register in the contest to have a month to build an oven using only a 100 watt incandescent for heat. The event finale is a cook off to be held on February 3rd 2007, where contestants are judged on flavor, engineering and aesthetics. Make Magazine and Craft are giving away subscriptions, Machine Project is giving away a free class or two, and some books. There may even be more prizes. Mark Frauenfelder and Carla Sinclair (Make and Craft editors) are going to judge. Other impressive judges are in the works. Contest details will be announced at the event.

And, as if this wasn't enough encouragement, the winner of the contest will also win a photo of their project in the beautiful hardcopy of Make magazine.

So, come on out... and bring your friends, gear, and ideas.


[ M O R E _ I N F O R M A T I O N ]

Map of Machine Project

Contact Garnet Hertz if you are interested in giving a presentation at an upcoming Dorkbot SoCal event.

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Dorkbot SoCal 19: Make Magazine Issue #8 Launch Party
December 2nd 2006, 5:30pm (Saturday)
Machine Project

[ S P E C S ]

*** December 2nd 2006, 5:30pm (Saturday)
*** Machine Project
*** 1200 D North Alvarado Street
*** Los Angeles, CA 90026
*** http://www.machineproject.com

Please join us Saturday Dec 2nd at 5:30pm for a very special event with Machine Project to launch the new issue of MAKE Magazine.

Simon Penny (Director of UCI’s Arts Computation Engineering program) will speak on integrating interaction design, space design, structure design, mechanical design, electronic design and software engineering using his 3D machine-vision driven interactive digital-video project Fugitive 2 as a case study. Attention will then turn to the pragmatic design and fabrication issues involved in building a custom motion control rig for the video projector in the project. Simon is bringing in a prototype of the motion control rig as tangible example.

Mr Jalopy (Contributing Editor to MAKE and automotive mad scientist) will be giving an epic (yet fast paced) talk on “Deep Sea Suburbs: Custom Vans, Internal Combustion Engines, Backyard Anthropology and the California Dream”.

Make Magazine Issue #8 will be available for perusal and purchase

There is a high probability of free beer and pretzels

—————


[ A L S O ]

In conjunction with the Make #8 launch party, Machine Project is offering a workshop on solar powered eletronics

Introduction to Solar Robotics
Dec 3rd, 11am to 7pm (12-1 lunch break)
$95 all materials and a free issue of Make #8 included. Registration and more information.
Space is limited to 10 people. Register early to avoid disappointment.



[ M O R E _ I N F O R M A T I O N ]

Map of Machine Project

Contact Garnet Hertz if you are interested in giving a presentation at an upcoming Dorkbot SoCal event.

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Dorkbot SoCal 18: Trip to Apex Electronic Surplus
November 4th 2006, 1pm (Saturday)
Machine Project

[ S P E C S ]

*** November 4th 2006 - 1pm (Saturday)
*** Meet at Machine Project at 1pm, leaving at 1:15pm for Apex
*** 1200 D North Alvarado Street
*** Los Angeles, CA 90026
*** http://www.machineproject.com
*** Arriving at Apex Electronics at around 1:45pm
*** 8909 San Fernando Road
*** Sun Valley, CA. 91352
*** http://www.apexelectronic.com/



[ O V E R V I E W ]

This event will be a "field trip" to Apex Electronic Surplus. Tom Jennings knows the place well, and will be our unofficial guide. Apex has 10,000 square feet of unusual, unique and hard to find items: it's got all of the usual surplus items as well as helicopter cockpits, missiles, and odd scientific and industrial equipment.

Come on out, bring your friends and some cash - you won't forget this one. (And in case you end up climbing around the junkpile, bring some decent shoes and some clothes that might get dirty.)

Apex Electronics yard

Inside Apex Electronics



[ M O R E _ I N F O R M A T I O N ]

Map of Machine Project
Map of Apex Electronic Surplus

Driving directions from Machine to Apex:
1. Start at 1200 N ALVARADO ST, LOS ANGELES going toward RESERVOIR ST - go 0.4 mi
2. Bear Left on GLENDALE BLVD - go 0.6 mi
3. GLENDALE BLVD becomes CA-2 NORTH - go 0.5 mi
4. Take the I-5 exit toward SACRAMENTO - go 11.9 mi
5. Take the PENROSE ST exit - go 0.2 mi
6. Turn Left on PENROSE ST - go 0.2 mi
7. Turn Right on SAN FERNANDO RD - go 0.6 mi
8. Arrive at 8909 SAN FERNANDO RD, SUN VALLEY, on the Left. Here is a picture of the Apex storefront.

Special thanks to Tom Jennings for helping with this event. Contact Garnet Hertz if you are interested in giving a presentation at an upcoming Dorkbot SoCal event.

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Dorkbot SoCal 17: Stefanac, de Fren, Elliott
October 7th 2006, 4pm (Saturday)
Machine Project

[ S P E C S ]

*** October 7th 2006 - 4pm (Saturday, but not at the usual 1pm time)
*** Machine Project
*** 1200 D North Alvarado Street
*** Los Angeles, CA 90026
*** http://www.machineproject.com



[ O V E R V I E W ]

This event will feature Suzanne Stefanac, Allison de Fren and Greg Elliott. Suzanne Stefanac will be starting off the event: she recently moved to LA to direct the Digital Content Lab at the American Film Institute, one of the country's leading R&D Labs for digital content. Allison de Fren will take us on a journey of technosexuality through the screening of her film work which explores the quest to manufacture the perfect woman in both the robotics and sex industries. Lastly, Greg Elliott will show his project, PersonalSoundtrack, an iPod/pedometer hybrid that automatically changes audio tempo and track based on your gait.

Come on out, bring your friends - it should be an exceptional event. NOTE: This event will feature sexually graphic material.


[ P R E S E N T E R S ]

Suzanne Stefanac
http://www.zorca.com/
http://dispatchesfromblogistan.com

After abandoning her first career as a chemist, Suzanne Stefanac wrote about technology and its social and business implications for more than fifteen years and published in Wired, Macworld, Salon, PC World, Publish, New Media, San Francisco Chronicle, California Lawyer, and Rolling Stone, among others.

With the emergence of the web, Stefanac was founding editor of Macworld Online, overseeing technology, creative, editorial, and business aspects. She was an executive producer for The Site, an hour-long, nightly program about technology that launched on MSNBC. She co-founded RespondTV, an interactive television infrastructure company, where she served as senior vice president for creative and production, overseeing applications for clients such as Coca-Cola, Ford, American Airlines, Purina, Comedy Central, and PBS.

More recently, she has provided strategic consulting for a variety of efforts. She designed and built a website for General Wesley Clark’s PAC and oversaw a website in seven languages for Quincy Jones’ We Are the Future project. Stefanac conceived and built a website for Macarthur Fellow and American Book awardee Guillermo Gómez-Peña. She has served as a mentor with the American Film Institute’s Digital Content Labs for the past eight years. She was a session chair at DUX2005.

Suzanne has also just released a book which is just starting to hit shelves. it's called Dispatches From Blogistan: A Travel Guide for the Modern Blogger.


Allison de Fren: ASFR (alt.sex.fetish.robots)
http://www.ifilm.com/ifilmdetail/2408202

Allison de Fren will take us on an exploration of technosexuality through the screening of her documentary short, ASFR, which focuses on an internet community of robot fetishists.

Allison de Fren is a digital media maker who creates both linear and interactive work. She is currently in postproduction on a feature-length documentary entitled 'The Mechanical Bride,' which explores the quest to manufacture the perfect woman (in both the robotics and sex industries).She has taught and written about technology in its relationship to the body, and she has worked as an interaction designer and consultant for companies such as Voyager, Starwave, and Interval Research. She has a masters degree from the Interactive Telecommunications Program at NYU's Tisch School of the Arts and is currently a doctoral candidate in the School of Cinema-Television at the University of Southern California.


Greg Elliott: Personal Soundtrack
http://ace.uci.edu/~gelliott/personalsoundtrack/

PersonalSoundtrack, a tiny wearable computer, detects your walking or running speed and plays songs from your music library that match your pace. Song speed is adjusted in real-time to match subtle variations in your gait, while larger, deliberate pace changes cause the device to change songs. You simply put it on and begin moving; that's it.

Most computational devices require the user to adapt to the machine. PersonalSoundtrack offers, instead, a symbiotic relationship: both human and machine actively adapt to each other in real-time. The 'interface' is one's natural gait. There is no optimal or pre-defined experience, encouraging meandering, wasting time, and loitering.


[ M O R E _ I N F O R M A T I O N ]

Map to Dorkbot SoCal 17

Special thanks to Tom Jennings for helping with this event. Contact Garnet Hertz if you are interested in giving a presentation at an upcoming Dorkbot SoCal event.

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DORKBOTSOCAL16 - SPECIAL EVENT
Machine Project Aug 12th 2006, 8pm (Saturday)
Make Magazine Issue 7 Release Party


[ S P E C S ]

*** Aug 12th 2006 - 8pm (Saturday, but not at the usual 1pm time)
*** Machine Project
*** 1200 D North Alvarado Street
*** Los Angeles, CA 90026
*** http://www.machineproject.com

[ O V E R V I E W ]

This will be a special event presented by Dorkbot SoCal & Machine Project: Make Magazine's Issue 7 Release Party. Jed Berk will be there to talk about autonomous flocking behaviour in robotic blimps, Make editor and internet superstar Mark Frauenfelder will be there to introduce the new issue and chat with you about general makery, and Issue 7 (Back Yard Biology) will be there for you to peruse and purchase, which includes an article on making a home mushroom growing lab by our friend Phil Ross.




[ M O R E _ I N F O R M A T I O N ]

Map to DORKBOTSOCAL16


Contact Garnet Hertz if you are interested in giving a presentation at an upcoming Dorkbotsocal event.

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DORKBOTSOCAL15
Machine Project July 2nd 2006, 1pm (Sunday)
"Open Hack" Event (Electronic Disassembly Event #2)


[ S P E C S ]

*** July 2nd 2006 - 1pm (SUNDAY - not Saturday)
*** Machine Project
*** 1200 D North Alvarado Street
*** Los Angeles, CA 90026
*** http://www.machineproject.com

[ O V E R V I E W ]

This will be an "open hack", and will be a repeat of our highly successful May "electronic disassembly" event where people brought a variety of electronic devices to rip apart while chatting. Come on out and bring in something that you've never seen the insides of: an old VCR, toaster, alarm clock, keyboard, camera or a piece of industrial surplus. If you've never taken anything apart, don't be intimidated: this activity is for both newbies and experienced folks. To help rip apart your electronics, you're also welcome to bring some of your own tools in case things get busy and the "house" tools get monopolized.

Please note that this event will be held on SUNDAY, not Saturday (as usual).

In addition to your objects of deconstruction, Tom Jennings will give a demo of http://wps.com/projects/MP3-system/index.html - a computer music system for his 1970 AMC Hornet. This is an linux-based MP3 player operated by 2 knobs and 2 switches, with no visible computer controls.

If you have your own projects to demo, bring them out too.

So, come on out on Sunday... bring your ideas and something to rip apart. The last event like this was a lot of fun: hope to see you there!

[ M O R E _ I N F O R M A T I O N ]

Map to DORKBOTSOCAL15


Contact Garnet Hertz if you are interested in giving a presentation at an upcoming Dorkbotsocal event.

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DORKBOTSOCAL14
Machine Project June 3rd 2006, 1pm
Coniglio, Silbert, Kurt
"Un-everyday Environments"



*** June 3rd 2006 - 1pm (Saturday)
*** Machine Project
*** 1200 D North Alvarado Street
*** Los Angeles, CA 90026
*** http://www.machineproject.com

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[ O V E R V I E W ]

This event, in "Dorkbot-ish" fashion, is a diverse blend of three presentations that all relate to inhabited environments: but in a completely different realm than Bed Bath & Beyond. Samuel Coniglio, Vice President of the Space Tourism Society, will show us products he's designed for life in space: including, of course, a zero-gravity martini glass. Jennifer Silbert, an L.A.-based architect, will bring us into the interesting world of designing and working with highly original custom architectural materials. Lastly, Tod E. Kurt will bring an entourage of Roomba robotic vacuum cleaners and show us how to modify them to play music and do other unexpected things.

So, come on out and bring your friends. As with all events, this is free of charge. If you would like to make a donation to our kind venue-host (Machine Project), bring some dollar bills and watch them get sucked up in the money-sucking-machine. Also, most lecture events are filled to capacity, so if you want a chair, it might be a good idea to come at 12:50.

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Samuel Coniglio: Emotional Design for the Orbital Lifestyle
http://www.spacetourismsociety.org

Samuel Coniglio is photographer, designer and promoter for the space tourism industry. His photographs document the evolution of the private space industry, focusing on the pioneers and their vehicles. In 2004, he photographed the historic flights of Space Ship One, the world's first successful private spaceship. He designs robots and other products specifically for the zero gravity lifestyle. Samuel is Vice President of the Space Tourism Society, which promotes the nascent space tourism industry, and a member of the Space Frontier Foundation, which promotes free trade in orbit. Since 1997, he has presented papers, run conferences and conducted seminars on space tourism in the USA, Great Britain, and Germany.

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Jennifer Silbert: 3form Architectural
http://3-form.com/
http://3-form.com/architectural-case_studies.php?sid=8

Jennifer will present on the technology and process of designing new materials for architectural projects. One project is the renovation of the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts - Alice Tully Hall - in New York. This project features translucent wood panels that are 2" thick to meet the acoustic requirements of the concert hall. In addition, the panels have complex curves, meaning that the material must also be heat-formable. The research and development of this material took over 3 months of testing various adhesion and lamination techniques. This presentation will provide an overview of the digital data modelling, structural design, hardware design, prototyping, fabrication and assembly of the project. Jennifer Silbert is a practicing architect in Los Angeles and a graduate of the Yale School of Architecture.

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Tod E. Kurt: Hacking Roomba
http://todbot.com/
http://todbot.com/blog/category/roomba/

Tod will show how a Roomba can be a MIDI synth or make room-sized Spirographs, as well as demonstrate what a good platform for robotics experimentation the Roomba has become. The cheap hardware and software needed to hack a Roomba will be shown and discussed. Tod E. Kurt is the author of the upcoming book "Hacking Roomba". He has engineered the hardware and software for robotic camera systems that went to Mars. He was a founding developer and systems architect of Overture Systems, née GoTo.com, later sold to Yahoo. Now as co- creator of ThingM.com, he's designing sketchable hardware and networked portable objects. He has degrees in Electrical Engineering from Caltech and Physics from Occidental College. His robotics hacking began at the age twelve when he took apart his BigTrak, RC car, and chemistry set box to build an upright programmable robot.


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[ M O R E _ I N F O R M A T I O N ]

The next Dorkbot SoCal event will be held on Saturday July 1st 2006 at 1pm at Machine Project. This will be an "open hack" event with another disassembly workshop: the last one was very cool, informative and social. We will also have an update from "Ro Bo" about his wearable computing project introduced at the end of May's event.

Map to DORKBOTSOCAL14 / Machine Project:
Yahoo Map to Machine Project

Please contact Garnet Hertz if you are interested in giving a presentation at an upcoming DORKBOTSOCAL event.

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DORKBOTSOCAL13
Machine Project May 6th 2006, 1pm
"Open Hack" Event
(with Jennings "Electronic Disassembly" workshop and Hart " Southern California Science Cafe" presentation)

[ S P E C S ]

*** May 6th 2006 - 1pm (Saturday)
*** Machine Project
*** 1200 D North Alvarado Street
*** Los Angeles, CA 90026
*** http://www.machineproject.com


[ O V E R V I E W ]

This will be the third "open hack" event, with a workshop/activity in the disassembly of an electronic device. In other words, come on out and bring something interesting to rip apart: Tom Jennings will provide an overview of some disassembly issues and get us all rolling. Bring in something that you've never seen the insides of: an old VCR, toaster, alarm clock, keyboard, camera or a piece of industrial surplus. If you've never taken anything apart, don't be intimidated: this activity is for both newbies and experienced folks. To help rip apart your electronics, you're also welcome to bring some of your own tools in case things get busy and the "house" tools get monopolized.

In addition to your objects of deconstruction, you are also invited to bring your latest prototypes, napkin sketches, and items to get technical help or conceptual feedback on. This has been an increasingly fruitful part of the open hack events as people become more comfortable to share their ideas and projects.

We will also be featuring a short presentation by Brian Hart, the director of the Southern California Science Cafe - a relatively laid-back forum for scientists to give informal presentations about fresh-from-the-lab discoveries. It looks like a very interesting project, and it will be good to hear more about what Brian's been up to.

So, come on out on Saturday... bring your latest project/idea and something to rip apart. It's shaping up to be a great event - hope to see you there.


[ M O R E _ I N F O R M A T I O N ]

Map to DORKBOTSOCAL13:
Yahoo Map to Machine Project

Contact Garnet Hertz if you are interested in giving a presentation at an upcoming Dorkbotsocal event.

LOST? If you're completely lost, you can always call nine-four-nine-291-5666.



DORKBOTSOCAL12
Machine Project April 1st 2006, 1pm
Dagett, Spellman/Stow, Lew
"Visualizing the Invisible"



*** April 1st 2006 - 1pm (Saturday)
*** Machine Project
*** 1200 D North Alvarado Street
*** Los Angeles, CA 90026
*** http://www.machineproject.com

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[ O V E R V I E W ]

If a theme for this event had to be chosen, I'd pick "Making the Invisible Visible". This month's event will feature a good variety of work from a number of different angles: social software, locative media and digital cinema. Mark Daggett, most well-known (perhaps) as being part of the Radical Software Group that won a Golden Nica at Ars Electronica 2002, will be presenting "Balance Bar" - a browser extension programmed to allow any user to editorialize any web page anywhere on the Internet. Naomi Spellman & Brandon Stow from 34 North 118 West will be showing "Interpretive Engine for Various Places on Earth", a system that uses outdoor wireless network connections to design a custom-built narrative specific to geographical location, including factors like weather conditions, the physical environment, nearby locales, and historic events. Michael Lew will also be presenting: he's a media artist and research engineer that primarily works on expanding cinema, and has a background in electrical engineering, artificial intelligence, performance and filmmaking.

Come on out - bring your friends. This event is free of charge. If you would like to make a donation to our kind venue-host (Machine Project), bring some dollar bills and watch them get sucked up in the money-sucking-machine. Also, the last number of lecture events have been filled to over-capacity, so if you want a chair, it might be a good idea to come at 12:50.

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Mark Daggett
"Balance Bar"

http://www.flavoredthunder.com/

"In my artwork, I primarily make tools for use by others. The tools that I create are computer applications, which are commonly referred to as "social software" or "art applications". My ongoing social software research is in the area of "independent interfaces," a term I coined to describe my artistic production and academic research. (The term also is the title of my related book project.) Independent interfaces are artistic augmentations to conventional technology that help people understand how social software can alter their lives in positive and not-so-positive ways. My interfaces are developed to illuminate and measure the often-elusive effects of social software on our culture. A good example of my work in social software is an on-going project called the "Balance Bar" (http://www.collcoll.com/balancebar/). The "Balance Bar" is a simple browser extension programmed to allow any user to editorialize any web page anywhere on the Internet. The "Balance Bar" will literally insert your comments/article/rant directly onto whatever web page you would like to expound on. The "Balance Bar" was developed to address the increasing need to "balance" the one-sided and isolated worldview that much of our media sources produce."

Mark Daggett is an artist and programmer, whose work has been shown in museums, festivals and exhibitions around the world. His work has shown in the Whitney Museum, the Princeton Museum, P.S. 1, the Ars Electronica Festival in Linz, Austria, and the Transmediale festival in Berlin, to name a few. As a member of Radical Software Group, he was part of a team that won a Golden Nica award for the project Carnivore at the 2002 Ars Electronica Festival. Daggett have been nominated for several prestigious awards, including a 2006 Rockefeller New Media Grant, and a Webby Award, which is sometimes called the Oscars of the Internet. Major media sources have covered Daggett's work, including the New York Times, Le Monde, WIRED Magazine and Surface Magazine. He is presently Creative Manager for Revver a Social Software company based in Hollywood.

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34 North 118 West
Naomi Spellman & Brandon Stow
"Interpretive Engine for Various Places on Earth"

http://www.34n118w.net/

Naomi Spellman and Brandon Stow will discuss The Interpretive Engine for Various Places on Earth, a project with Jeff Knowlton. A work in progress, this generative narrative relies on outdoor wireless Internet connection to tell a story specific to user location. Data such as weather conditions, the physical environment, nearby locales, historic events all specific to the current location and time are retrieved from online sources and fed into a scripted story structure. The negotiation of remote databases uncovers larger issues of social control and power among governmental, commercial, and academic interests.

34 North 118 West is a southern California based collective focusing on site specific experimental works utilizing digital media, computation, and internet resources. Through telecommunications and mapping tools, one of their concerns is to expose or call to light the debate around control of and access to information. Their work has been shown at Futuresonic <4> (Manchester, UK), the LA Freewaves Festival (Los Angeles), and the Art in Motion in Festival (Los Angeles). The "interpretive engine" will be shown in the Fresno Metropolitan Museum's Off-site series, June - August 2006. Naomi, Jeff, and Brandon are affiliated with the Interdisciplinary Computing Arts Program at UC San Diego.

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Micheal Lew
Topic TBD

http://alumni.media.mit.edu/~lew/

"I will be presenting some ongoing research project about "Human behaviour control". Combining the electronic art attempts of tapping into the nervous/muscular system (roachbot, Stelarc, Artifacial expression) and the influence of video game control into live interactive entertainment, I will present a project where live actors can be controlled by the audience. It's better than Office Voodoo, the Sims or reality TV. After a background talk surveying the field, I will present a demo with live actors of my work-in-progress prototype."

Michael Lew is a media artist and research engineer, with backgrounds in electrical engineering, artificial intelligence, performance and filmmaking. From 2001-2004, he was a Research Fellow at the MIT Media Lab Europe in Dublin, Ireland, investigating what happens to the film form when the medium becomes computational. Michael's interactive film installations and live experimental videos have been shown in electronic art festivals across Europe and the US. Michael obtained his M.Sc. in Electrical Engineering from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (EPFL), with a masters thesis on software agents from the AI Lab, Motorola Labs in Paris, France, for which he was awarded the Logitech 2000 prize. In 97-98, he was developing architectures for MPEG-2 video streaming at the Technion Institute of Technology, Haifa, Israel.


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[ M O R E _ I N F O R M A T I O N ]

Map to DORKBOTSOCAL12 / Machine Project:
Yahoo Map Link to Machine Project

Please contact Garnet Hertz if you are interested in giving a presentation at an upcoming DORKBOTSOCAL event.

LOST? If you're completely lost, call nine-four-nine-291-5666 on the day of the event for directions.

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DORKBOTSOCAL11
Machine Project March 4th 2006, 1pm
"Open Hack" Event (with Hertz "how to solder" workshop)

[ S P E C S ]

*** March 4th 2006 - 1pm (Saturday)
*** Machine Project
*** 1200 D North Alvarado Street
*** Los Angeles, CA 90026
*** http://www.machineproject.com

[ O V E R V I E W ]

This will be the second "open hack" event, with an added bonus: come on out for a "how to solder" demo by Garnet Hertz.

The "open demo" is an opportunity for you to bring projects that you've been working on and to get technical or conceptual feedback on them. During the last open hack event we had a number of folks bring out completed projects, project ideas, and specific technical questions. We're looking for more of the same: this should be a good time to bring works in progress, get feedback/help, and see what others are doing.

The "how to solder" portion of the event will be an instructional demo that will be catered toward people that are beginning with electronics: Garnet will be showing the basics of soldering. The tools and supplies for this workshop will be provided... and is free of charge.

So: grab your stuff, tools, sketches, ideas and friends and come on out on Saturday March 4th at 1pm to Machine Project.

[ P R E S E N T E R S ]

You, your rude-gesture-traffic-signal-device, your robot figure made from MHz CPU speed indicator LEDs, a big motor that you want to use in your next project, or your talking-streetcorner-post glove. (These were all projects brought to the last event.) And your best friends.

[ M O R E _ I N F O R M A T I O N ]

Map to DORKBOTSOCAL11: Map of Machine Project


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DORKBOTSOCAL10 - Machine Project Feb 4th 2006, 1pm: Reas / Khan / Dockray

[ S P E C S ]

*** February 4th 2006 - 1pm (Saturday)
*** Machine Project
*** 1200 D North Alvarado Street
*** Los Angeles, CA 90026
*** http://www.machineproject.com

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[ O V E R V I E W ]

This event will focus on how Processing - an open source programming language and environment for people who want to work with images, animation, and sound - can be used to interact and control electronics and other physical devices. Two physical computing initiatives related to Processing will be presented: Osman Khan will explore the Arduino project and Sean Dockray will present the Wiring project. In addition, some recent Arduino/Wiring projects developed at UCLA will be demonstrated.

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The event will begin with an introduction by Casey Reas , co-initiator of the Processing project. Casey will introduce the project that was co-developed with Ben Fry from ideas explored in the Aesthetics and Computation Group at the MIT Media Lab and recently won a Golden Nica award at Prix Ars Electronica 2005.

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Osman Khan on Arduino
http://www.osmankhan.com/
http://arduino.berlios.de/

Osman Khan will be giving a presentation and lecture on Arduino http://arduino.berlios.de/. Arduino is an open-source physical computing platform based on a simple I/O board and a development environment that implements the Processing/Wiring language. Arduino can be used to develop stand-alone interactive objects or can be connected to software on your computer (e.g. Flash, Processing, MaxMSP). The Arduino board is inexpensive and easily assembled by hand. This provides a cheap and easy way to get started learning how to assemble circuits. Osman Khan is an artist interested in using technology to construct engines that help create artifacts for social criticism and aesthetic expression. His work explores certain themes to see how technology fabricates as well as subverts our understanding of identity, communication, and public space through interactive installations and site-specific interventions. His work has been shown at Ars Electronica, Linz, Austria, Beyond Media Festival, Florence, Italy; UC Santa Barbara, USA; LALALA Westweek, Pacific Design Center in Los Angeles, USA; nano, LACMALab, Los Angeles, USA; telic gallery, Los Angeles, USA; Dangerous Curve, Los Angeles, USA; bank, Los Angeles, USA. Osman received his MFA from UCLA's Department of Design | Media Arts.

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Sean Dockray on Wiring
http://spd.e-rat.org/
http://wiring.org.co/

Sean Dockray will be giving an overview and demonstration of the Wiring platform http://wiring.org.co/. Wiring is a physical computing platform with a sophisticated I/O board and a development environment utilizing a Processing style language for programming microcontrollers. Sean Dockray is an artist whose practice follows from research into social systems and events. He is a founder of the Los Angeles chapter of the Institute for Advanced Architecture; a producer of Building Sound, an internet radio program about architecture; and has worked with the Center for Land Use Interpretation on their Land Use Database. Dockray received a BSE from Princeton University in Civil Engineering and Architecture in 1999 and completed coursework towards an MFA in Critical Studies from the California Institute of the Arts in 2002. His individual and collaborative work has been shown at the Telic Gallery (Los Angeles), the Turtle Bay Museum (Redding), Basekamp Gallery (Philadelphia), Oni Gallery (Boston), Marcuse Gallery (San Diego), Contemporary Artists Center (North Adams), LeRoy Neiman Gallery (New York), and the Storefront for Art and Architecture (New York).

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Arduino/Wiring Projects from UCLA

This portion of the event will include quick presentations of some of the best projects built in a recent class by Sean Dockray and a workshop by Tom Igoe of NYU. These demos involve the creation of electronic instruments build for performance and small boxes imbued with behavior. All projects sense some aspect of its environment (e.g. light, distance, orientation, touch) and have a physical output (e.g. light, sound, motion). Each project uses an Arduino or Wiring boards as a software control system for mapping the input to the output. A variety of sensors have been explored: orientation, tilt, acceleration, light, sound, IR and sonar distance, RFID, etc. A variety of different actuators have been used: solenoid, step, DC, and servo.

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Please contact Garnet Hertz if you are interested in giving a presentation at an upcoming DORKBOTSOCAL event.

LOST? If you're completely lost, call nine-four-nine-291-5666 on the day of the event for directions.

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DORKBOTSOCAL9
Machine Project Jan 7th 2006, 1pm
"Open Hack" Event

[ S P E C S ]

*** January 7th 2006 - 1pm (Saturday)
*** Machine Project
*** 1200 D North Alvarado Street
*** Los Angeles, CA 90026
*** http://www.machineproject.com

[ O V E R V I E W ]

After a short hiatus, Dorkbot-socal is revived with a new home, a new time, and new structure - and a new twist for January: we're trying out a free-form "open hack" concept for the entire event. To get more hands-on-hacking going on, every 2nd month (starting in January) will be a "bring your project and work on it" event, featuring semi-regular appearances by the guru Tom Jennings http://wps.com, the svelte Mark Allen http://markallen.com/ and grubby old me, Garnet Hertz http://conceptlab.com. This should be a good time to bring works in progress, get feedback/help, and see what others are doing. I think this will also be a good opportunity to scout out neat stuff for future (more formal) presentations for upcoming events.

So: grab your stuff, tools, sketches, ideas and friends and come on out on Saturday Jan 7th at 1pm at Machine Project.

[ R E V I V A L _ N O T E S ]

We're meeting on Saturday afternoons (at 1pm) now, which will hopefully make it easier for people to come to events. To keep things consistent (and MapQuesting confusion to a minimum) we're going to hold the events at a regular location over the next while: Machine Project Gallery, a perfect match for Dorkbot. The 3-presentations/demo events will occur every 2nd month (feb, april, june, aug, oct, dec) and odd-numbered months (jan, march, may, july, sept, nov) will be in an open hack/lab/studio (aka "opendork") format. these events are built for people to just bring their projects-in-progress, work on them, get feedback/help, and discuss.

a rough schedule for 2006 is as follows:
  • DORKBOTSOCAL9 - Jan 7th 2006 1pm - Machine Project - Open Hack
  • DORKBOTSOCAL10 - Feb 4th 2006 1pm - Machine Project - Proposed topic: hardware.processing.org
  • DORKBOTSOCAL11 - Mar 4th 2006 1pm - Machine Project - Open Hack
  • DORKBOTSOCAL12 - Apr 1st 2006 1pm - Machine Project - Presenters TBA
  • DORKBOTSOCAL13 - May 6th 2006 1pm - Open Hack
  • DORKBOTSOCAL14 - Jun 3rd 2006 1pm - Presenters TBA
  • DORKBOTSOCAL15 - Jul 1st 2006 1pm - Open Hack
  • DORKBOTSOCAL16 - Aug 5th 2006 1pm - Presenters TBA
  • DORKBOTSOCAL17 - Sep 2nd 2006 1pm - Open Hack
  • DORKBOTSOCAL18 - Oct 7th 2006 1pm - Presenters TBA
  • DORKBOTSOCAL19 - Nov 4th 2006 1pm - Open Hack
  • DORKBOTSOCAL20 - Dec 2nd 2006 1pm - Presenters TBA
all dates, times, locations and everything is subject to change.

[ P R E S E N T E R S ]

You, your soldering iron, hacked together automobile, laser-scanning vegetable peeler, paper tape talking machine or massively multiplayer game intervention. And your best friends.

[ M O R E _ I N F O R M A T I O N ]

Map to DORKBOTSOCAL9:
Map of Machine Project

Contact Garnet Hertz if you are interested in giving a presentation at an upcoming Dorkbotsocal event.

LOST? If you're completely lost, you can always call Garnet at nine-four-nine-291-5666.

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DORKBOTSOCAL8 Machine Project Dec 3rd 2005, 1pm: Bleecker/Brinson, Stearns, Johnson


[ S P E C S ]

*** December 3rd 2005 - 1pm (Saturday)
*** Machine Project
*** 1200 D North Alvarado Street
*** Los Angeles, CA 90026
*** http://www.machineproject.com

[ O V E R V I E W ]

After a short hiatus, Dorkbot-socal is revived with a new home, a new time, and new structure - and some great presentations/demos for December! Come out to the event at 1pm on Saturday the 3rd. I say this every time, but this one should be extra-good. Seriously: read the descriptions below, and I'll see you there.

[ R E V I V A L _ N O T E S ]

We're meeting on Saturday afternoons (at 1pm) now, which will hopefully make it easier for people to come to events. To keep things consistent (and MapQuesting confusion to a minimum) we're going to hold the events at a regular location over the next while: Machine Project Gallery, a perfect match for Dorkbot. Also, to get more hands-on-hacking going on, every 2nd month (starting in January) will be a "bring your project and work on it" event, featuring semi-regular appearances by the guru Tom Jennings http://wps.com, the svelte Mark Allen http://markallen.com/ and grubby old me, Garnet Hertz http://conceptlab.com. This should be a good time to bring works in progress, get feedback/help, and see what others are doing. More info about this will be explained on the 3rd.

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Julian Bleecker & Peter Brinson: Vis-a-Vis Games
http://www.visavisgames.org/

We're developing a new kind of game experience using outdoor viewable mobile devices that anticipate the near-future of pervasive electronic gaming. These devices range in size from about that of a tiny laptop, to the size of a small book. We then configure these portable mobile devices with a GPS sensor that measure your location in the real world, and orientation sensors that can tell precisely where you're looking. This combination makes for designs that represent a true innovation in game play. Vis-a-Vis Games is an enterprise of the Mobile and Pervasive Lab at the University of Southern California.

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Phil Stearns: TI99/4a Circuit Bending

Through "circuit bending" and creative analog to digital switching, I've managed to turn a friendly TI99/4a computer (c 1981) into a pixel-spewing entity that likes to feed on sound waves and spit out garbled, colorful, and highly pixelated images in realtime.  The device was born out of a desire to explore the artistic possibilities of what happens when our discarded technology is forcefully but carefully coaxed into modes of failure.

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Jay Mark Johnson: Robotic Spherical Lens Camera 3D Invention
http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0425323/

Jay Mark Johnson will be presenting a robotic camera with a spherical lens that takes High Dynamic Range images and converts them to lighting rigs to be used in 3D applications for image based rendering. He also has some "top secret" stuff he's doing with the camera, which he may be talking about. He's worked on a pile of movies, including "A Day Withought a Mexican", "Nomad", "The Matrix" and "Titanic".

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[ M O R E _ I N F O R M A T I O N ]

Map to DORKBOTSOCAL8:
Map of Machine Project

Mark Allen and Dan Novy helped to oranize the event. And Garnet Hertz, too.

Contact Garnet Hertz if you are interested in giving a presentation at an upcoming Dorkbotsocal event.

LOST? If you're completely lost, you can always call Garnet at nine-four-nine-291-5666.


DORKBOTSOCAL7 04-March-2005 - UCSB Novak / Black / Overholt


[ S P E C S ]

*** MARCH 4th 2005 - 8pm (Friday)
*** University of California Santa Barbara
*** 6020 Humanities and Social Sciences Building, McCune Conference room
*** http://www.aw.id.ucsb.edu/maps.html
*** Map to event

[ O V E R V I E W ]

After much planning, Dorkbotsocal will finally be held in Santa Barbara. DORKBOTSOCAL7 will take place on Friday, March 4th at 8pm at UCSB. In conjunction with the "Calculating Images" conference at UCSB (), Marcos Novak will open the evening with a talk entitled "Transvergent Beauty: Computation and Alloaesthetics". For those of you who haven't heard Marcos talk, you're in for a treat. After that, we'll reconvene in another room (Arts 2220) to hear August Black and Dan Overholt present. August Black has worked on numerous international projects, and will share some of his work with us. Dan Overholt will close off the evening with a presentation entitled "Re-inventing the Orchestra: HCI in music performance" in which he will demonstrate some captivating gestural interfaces for electronic music. If you're interested in architecture or audio, this event is for you: come on out and see beautiful Santa Barbara.

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Marcos Novak (UCSB/Los Angeles): "Transvergent Beauty: Computation and Alloaesthetics"
http://www.centrifuge.org/

Marcos Novak is a pioneer in the field of virtual architecture. In the mid 90s, his contribution to International architectural discourse was further expanded by the coining and definition of the term "Transarchitectures". His approach: "we conceive algorithmically (morphogenesis); we model numerically (rapid prototyping); we build robotically (new tectonics); we inhabit interactively (intelligent space); we telecommunicate instantly (pantopicon); we are informed immersively (liquid architectures); we socialise nonlocally (nonlocal public domain); we evert virtuality (transarchitectures)." He has also posited a new "Soft Babylon," a theoretical stance which posits that our digitized architectural palette is causing us to create a wired Situationist city, while we struggle with some of the massive paradigm shifts that our era will and must face. Whilst articulating highly fluent theory, he has practiced, producing beautiful ethereal architectures that flux and shimmer as his algorithms run their designed logics. He received the Masters of Architecture at Ohio State university in 1983. Since that time he has taught at Ohio State, University of Texas Austin, the Architecture program at UCLA, the Digital Media program at UCLA, Art Center College of Art & design, Pasadena. He has published, lectured and exhibited his work internationally.

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August Black (UCSB)
http://aug.ment.org/

August Black has an awful habit of calling himself an artist. Previously, this has meant making marks on paper and later on canvas. Now, this means almost anything concerning material, concept, and form. His research is based in the overlap of media (both digital and analogue, electronic and mechanical), focusing mostly on the kinds of audiences that are created and induced by emerging conventions of observation and involvement. He works in radio, television, software, networks, comics, text, and projected sound/light. Collaborating with others on various free radio stations in Austria, he's devised a technique for performing live radio on a shoestring budget from networked locations outside of the studio, transforming the location at hand into material and subject for conceptual play. He is currently an IGERT research fellow at the University of California Santa Barbara.

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Dan Overholt (UCSB): "Re-inventing the Orchestra: HCI in music performance"
http://www.create.ucsb.edu/~dano/

In music composition and performance, it has always been important to use a variety of instruments in order to create interesting sonic environments. Historically this led to the development of many different acoustic instruments, but musicians have increasingly been composing and performing with computers - today, various audio synthesis techniques are used to generate sound; these synthesis techniques can be viewed as modern corollaries to the different orchestral instruments. Moreover, given the flexibility of these synthesis algorithms, today's virtual instruments are capable of a much wider range of sound generation than their acoustic counterparts. However the interfaces used to control these new sounds are predominantly based on historic instruments such as the piano (MIDI keyboards), or simply use a standard computer keyboard/mouse. While such standardized approaches are useful in some situations, they limit the range of musical expression that our new orchestra of synthesis techniques potentially offers. Instead of losing much of the expressiveness and live performance capabilities of acoustic music, we should extend our methods of sonic control to a more intricate level by developing gestural interfaces for electronic music. I have developed several new interfaces with this goal in mind, and will explain the ideas behind their creation and demonstrate how they work.

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[ M O R E _ I N F O R M A T I O N ]

Directions to DORKBOTSOCAL7 from LA:

1. Take 101 North.
2. Near Goleta, take the 217 west towards UCSB.
3. When the highway ends, take a right on Mesa Road.
4. Go left on Ocean Road. When you get to the traffic circle, veer right and continue on Ocean road.
5. At the intersection of El Colegio Road and Ocean, go left. Park in lot 21.
You will have to buy a permit (bring dollar bills) at one of the automated machines. The Calculating Images conference will be in Humanities and Social Sciences and the rest of dorkbot will be in Arts 2220.

Ben Ritter, MarkDavid Hosale, John Thompson, Graham Wakefield, and Carlos Castellanos helped to oranize the event.

Contact Garnet Hertz if you are interested in giving a presentation at an upcoming Dorkbotsocal event.

LOST? If you're completely lost, you can always call Garnet at nine-four-nine-981-6438.

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DORKBOTSOCAL6
18-December-2004 - Enlighted (Encinitas)
Hansen / Stalbaum&Poole / Kearns

[ S P E C S ]

*** DECEMBER 18th 2004 - 8pm (Saturday)
*** Enlighted Designs
*** 163 La Costa Ave, Encinitas CA 92024
*** Map: Mapquest Link

[ O V E R V I E W ]

We'll be holding the DORKBOTSOCAL6 event at the studio/factory of Enlighted Designs - designers and builders of electroluminescent clothing. Janet Hansen, the company founder, will be giving us a tour of the place, and may even share the secrets of how things like this are manufactured. After that, Paula Poole & Brett Stalbaum will take control: they'll talk about doing arbitrary mapping things with GPS, in their incarnation as painterflat.net. As a bonus, Brett's also a member of the highly respected C5 Corporation and is also the coordinator of the Interdisciplinary Computing and the Arts Major at UC San Diego... you'll want to hear what he has to say. Lastly, we're capping off the evening with a special and wonderfully strange presentation by Neil Kearns: he supposedly has an RV that he's modified to be driven by sitting on the roof, and it's outfitted with a bunch of video monitors playing an obscure synchronized mix of images. We'll put on our jackets, head outside, and go inside the darned thing.

Come on out, bring your own "refreshments", egg nog and a couple of friends - this will be a mind-engaging and memorable event!

[ P R E S E N T E R S ]

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Janet Hansen
Enlighted Designs
http://www.enlighted.com

Janet Hansen is an artist/engineer/entrepreneur and pioneer in the field of wearable technology, particularly lighted clothing. Through her company, Enlighted Designs (http://enlighted.com), she illuminates all types of apparel, including bras, pants, suits, dresses, ties and hats. Light elements include LEDs and electroluminescent (EL) materials, used in conjunction with a variety of optically transmissive and reflective elements. The lights are animated in pre-programmed patterns (with PIC-based sequencers), and some designs incorporate motion-reactive, sound-reactive, or color-changing effects. At this dorkbot meeting, she will give a tour of her studio, display examples of lighted clothing, and discuss the past/present/future of this unusual industry.

Janet's formal training is in engineering, in areas as diverse as robotics, image processing, semiconductor manufacturing, molecular biomechanics, and dynamics analysis of aerospace vehicles. She received a BS in Engineering from Harvey Mudd College of Claremont, CA, and PhD in Bioengineering from UC San Diego.

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Brett Stalbaum & Paula Poole
http://www.painterflat.net
http://visarts.ucsd.edu/faculty/bstalbau.htm

Paula Poole and Brett Stalbaum will talk about doing arbitrary mapping things with GPS, in their incarnation as painterflat.net. Paula and Brett spend as much time as possible in the Great Basin, performing their vocational pursuits as artists, as well at their avocational interests in archeology, geography, geology, natural history, and low-impact, minimalist camping. The Great Basin provides the immense scale, subjective context, and open access to remote space that combines the above interests into a multiplicity of possible outcomes. The goal is to conceptually explore in the spaces between disciplines of interest to us - for example between database and painting. Brett will also talk about the other major collaboration he is involved with, C5 corporation, their stunning recent discovery of the actual physical location(s) of the Great Wall of California, (the speculative "other" of the Great Wall of China), and the potential applications of supercomputing and database applications to tell artists where to go.

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Neil Kearns
doktorandom@yahoo.com

Neil Kearns is an artist currently specializing in telecast and kinetic artforms. Under the pseudonym Doktor Random, he will introduce you to the "Portable Scalable Mirth Module" which promises to increase awareness of and measurably change your perspectives of the physical and civil landscape.

Doktor Random is utterly unqualified to do any of this though, holding little in the way of tangible credentials other than a valid California Driver's License.

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[ M O R E _ I N F O R M A T I O N ]

Directions:
Enlighted Designs is located at 163 La Costa Ave, Encinitas CA 92024. This is north of San Diego. From I-5, take the La Costa exit, and go west, almost all the way to the coast. The house is on the left, on a private driveway set back from the main road. It is marked by a "Not a Through Street" sign, just past the construction site with the blue and white flags. If you go past it, and reach the end of La Costa at Hwy 101, make a U-turn, go past Vulcan, and then it is the next right. There is plenty of parking in the driveway and on the private road.

(( The January Dorkbotsocal meeting might be held in Santa Barbara. ))

Contact Garnet Hertz if you are interested in giving a presentation at an upcoming Dorkbotsocal event.

LOST? If you're completely lost, you can always call Garnet at nine-four-nine-981-6438.

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DORKBOTSOCAL5
20-November-2004 - Telic (LA Chinatown)
Ruest / Schoenerwissen/OfCD
Schlegel / Sauter

[ S P E C S ]

*** NOVEMBER 20th 2004 - 8pm (Saturday)
*** Telic
*** 975 Chung King Road, Los Angeles, CA 90012
*** map: http://www.design.ucla.edu/telic/images/map.gif


[ O V E R V I E W ]

This is going to be an excellent event - and it's not just because I say that every time. Casey Reas has organized a cool mix of tactical media, GPS, text visualization, connecting expressive environments, and projections on to the cityscapes of Los Angeles. Investigate the links below: you'll be thoroughly impressed. As a bonus, it's hosted at Telic on Chung King Road in the heart of Chinatown: come on out, tell all your friends, and be there. You won't want to miss this.


[ P R E S E N T E R S ]

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Annina Ruest
http://www.t-t-trackers.net/

TRACK-THE-TRACKERS is a network installation consisting with mobile components. The project makes use of existing personal technologies in conjunction with GPS infrastructure to provide participants with an audible (not a visual) experience of the proliferation of video surveillance in the urban public sphere. The mobile unit, a bag containing a laptop, GPS-receiver, earphones, and a generic mouse is taken on a walk through the city. The sound in the headphones changes whenever the participant enters the vicinity of a surveillance camera. This effect is not automatic but created by other participants who are adding new locations to the existing database. The technology is documented with the intention of inspiring others to build similar psychogeographic systems.

Annina Ruest is a Swiss media artist currently based in San Diego. Most of her artistic activity so far has taken place within the field of software art. As part of the group LAN she co-authored the project tracenoizer.org - Disinformation on Demand. She is also the author of SuperVillainizer - Conspiracy Client (supervillainizer.ch), TRACK-THE-TRACKERS--- (t-t-trackers.net) and most recently BUSH BOT 0.4 (bushbot.ath.cx). She graduated in 2003 from the Department of New Media, Zurich School of Art and Design (www.snm-hgkz.ch) and is now a graduate student at the Department of Visual Arts at UC San Diego (visarts.ucsd.edu).


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Schoenerwissen/OfCD
http://www.sw.ofcd.com

Schoenerwissen/OfCD presents their approach of by outlining principles and methods they used for recent projects - situating the work with respect to other related design strategies. They will focus on their last project txtkit - A Visual Text Mining Tool.

Schoenerwissen/OfCD continues its design research on information architectures, interfaces and visual languages currently at UC Santa Barbara. In developing new digital tools SW/OfCD provides spatial and temporal contexts serving as frameworks for exploration and dynamic decision making. Their project Minitasking - a visual gnutella client has been recognized by an Award of Distinction of the Prix Ars Electronica in 2002 and received the transmediale Software Award in 2003. Their latest project txtkit - visual text mining tool was supported by the Federal Ministry for Education and Research (BMB+F) and Lander Ministries for Education or Science and Culture. In 2004 txtkit has been awarded an Honorary Mention at Net Vision category of Prix Ars Electronica.


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Andreas Schlegel
http://www.sojamo.de/

TEMP is a software based network environment for any software capable of tcp or udp socket communication. TEMP is made for people utilizing computers and similar devices as a tool for their expression. Where most software is developed for specific processes, TEMP interconnects these environments, and enables collaborations between artists, scientists, or researchers from different disciplines without insisting on one particular software environment. Time shouldn't be spent on solving technical issues but rather on finding communication models to explore the possibilities of interactions and interconnections amongst nature, people, and devices.

Andreas Schlegel is a computational designer interested in collecting data, sensing spaces, exploring communication processes in the fields of networks. He received a diploma in communications design from Merz Akademie Stuttgart, Germany, and an MS in Media Arts and technology from the University of California, Santa Barabra. He currently lives and works in Berlin, Germany.

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Daniel Sauter
http://daniel-sauter.com/

LIGHT ATTACK is a media artwork, as well as a social experiment, which takes place the urban sphere of Los Angeles. While driving through the city, an animated virtual character is projected onto the cityscape of L.A. exploring three places "to go" and three places "not to go", according to the popular Lonely Planet travel guide. Light Attack elaborates the concept of the "moving moving" image in the stereotyped neighborhoods of Hollywood, Beverly Hills, Santa Monica, Downtown, Watts, and Compton. The virtual character, projected from a moving vehicle onto the city facades, reacts to the architectural context, and interacts with passers-by while "walking" through the city. The character's actions are condensed in a gallery installation, reflecting projection as an emergent ubiquitous medium. The piece raises questions about property and privacy. How public is public space? How projection, as a medium, changing the environment in which we live?

Daniel Sauter is a media artist exploring interactive installations dealing with time and space relations, cultural implication of technologies and site-specific interventions. Currently Sauter is a lecturer at the Design | Media Arts department at UCLA. His works have been shown internationally including the Ars Electronica Festival 2004, O.K Center for Contemporary Art, Linz, Austria; Milia 02 in Cannes, France; International Video Festival in Bochum, Germany; 6. International Videofestival in Novi Sad, Serbia and Montenegro, FILE2002 in Sao Paulo, Brazil; telic gallery, Los Angeles; LACMALab, Los Angeles; westweek, Pacific Design Center in Los Angeles; Europrix Festival in Vienna, Austria; Leipzig Book Fair in Leipzig, Germany; werk, bauen + wohnen in Zagreb, Croatia, Europrix Award, Lisbon, Portugal. Diploma HfG/ZKM Karlsruhe, Germany; MFA Design | Media Arts, UCLA. Honorary Mention Prix Ars Electronica, Interactive Art, 2004; Winner Europrix Students' Award, 2001.

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[ M O R E _ I N F O R M A T I O N ]

Telic
http://www.design.ucla.edu/telic/
http://www.design.ucla.edu/telic/images/map.gif
Directions

From the 110 Freeway (traveling either north or south) take the Hill St. Chinatown exit. From downtown drive north on Hill St. to Chung King Road, a pedestrian only street parallel to and just west of Hill St. You can park on Hill St. Enter through the plaza at the pedestrian crossing halfway between College and Bernard Streets. There is also a parking lot at each end of Chung King Rd. Driving in from Hill St. (take the first driveway on the right after the 110 exit - $2.50/3 hours parking). The other parking structure is on Bernard Street between Hill St. and Broadway.

This event has been organized by Casey Reas: http://www.groupc.net/ If you would like to present at future dorkbotsocal events, please contact Garnet Hertz at dorkbotsocal at dorkbot dot org.

(( December's dorkbotsocal will likely happen in San Diego. ))

LOST?
If you're completely lost, you can always call Garnet at nine-four-nine-981-6438.

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DORKBOTSOCAL4 - 9-October-2004 - Flash Film Works: Draves / Goodwin / Schoelerman


[ S P E C S ]

*** OCTOBER 9th 2004 - 8pm (Saturday)
*** FLASH FILM WORKS
*** 743 Seward Ave., Hollywood, CA 90038
*** Phone Number: 323-468-8855
*** http://www.flashfilmworks.com


[ O V E R V I E W ]

This - I think - will be one of the most exciting DORKBOTSOCALS yet: we're meeting at Flash Film Works in Hollywood, a motion picture special effects house. Dan Novy, a dorkbotter and FFW employee, will give us a quick tour of the facilities. The first presenter will be Spot Draves (down from San Fransisco) who will be presenting his acclaimed "Electric Sheep". Next, Doug Goodwin from CalArts will present "Reactive System"; last but not least, we'll catch Ryan Schoelerman, fresh from performing his "Autonomous Radiobodies" system on the streets of Los Angeles.

Bring all your friends and beer: prepare to see some great work in an interesting venue.


[ P R E S E N T E R S ]

DAN NOVY, Flash Film Works Tour
http://www.flashfilmworks.com/



Dan Novy will be presenting a quick "nutz and boltz" walk through of the process of creating visual effects for motion pictures. Topics will include 3D model creation and integration into onset footage, image based lighting, massive distributed rendering, and network issues that arise from moving immense data sets on a daily basis. Facility tour included.

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SPOT DRAVES, Electric Sheep
http://electricsheep.org/
http://www.draves.org



Electric Sheep is a distributed screen-saver that harnesses idle computers into a render farm with the purpose of animating and evolving artificial life-forms. Each clip of animation has a genetic code, and the collective voting of users determines its fitness. In the next version a P2P network distributes the bandwidth of sharing the video and votes.

Spot will show a video documentary explaining the project and answer questions, then play some new "best of" sheep.

Spot (AKA Scott Draves) is a software artist schooled in computer science and mathematics and living in the San Francisco Bay Area that produces visuals by writing software.

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DOUG GOODWIN, Reactive System
http://www.calarts.edu/~dgoodwin/



The Reactive System is a framework designed to support real-time interactive art-works involving synthetic actors. RS promotes the simulation of conversation over limited-bandwidth media including email, sms texting, IRC chats, faxes, threaded discussions, voicemail and webcams. RS operates either synchronously or asunchronously, and maintains emotional state over extended periods of interaction. RS is modular, so it may facilitate communication with any number of actors and people, Ultimately it should be possible to assemble a cast of characters each with their own emotional state and conversational abilities. The system should be able to interact with any number of peer applications including other instances of the RS. Equally important is the development of a persisten emotion engine that could respond to the quality of interaction.

Doug Goodwin is currently pursuing an MFA degree in Critical Studies/Integrated Media at the California Institute of the Arts.

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RYAN SCHOELERMAN, Autonomous Radiobodies
http://www.elintartslab.org
http://radiobodies.elintartslab.org/




Autonomous Radiobodies is a public art performance/installation that involves people wearing or carrying units equipped with a Radio Graffiti Device for creating localized radiophonic art/graffiti spaces. The intent of this project is to create an immediate radio art/public voice space for listeners by using the mainstream FM broadcast as a background "canvas" and disrupting it on a localized level with spontaneous short radio burst interruptions.

Ryan will be presenting three versions of transmitting gear, and will talk about his goals in the project/performance:

Ryan Schoelerman is a new media artist working in the mediums of electronic music composition, electronic & robotic design, interactive installation and tactical media. He as a BA in Media Study from the University at Buffalo. He is currently studying at the University of California Irvine in the Art Computation Engineering Graduate Program.


[ M O R E - I N F O R M A T I O N ]

If you need driving directions while coming out to the event, call 323-468-8855 after 7pm. Flash Film Works has two buildings on the property and we'll be presenting in the UPSTAIRS of the BACK building. There should be plenty of parking on the street, and people should walk up the drive way between the two buildings and come into the BACK building. What appears to be the front door from the street is purely ornamental.

In the meantime, contact Garnet Hertz at dorkbotsocal [at] dorkbot [dot] org if you have questions about dorkbotsocal, the event, or life in general.


DORKBOTSOCAL3 - 4-July-2004 - KUCI: Opendork Audio Broadcast BBQ


[ S P E C S ]

*** JULY 4th 2004 - Noon (SUNDAY)
*** KUCI 88.9 FM, UC Irvine (Studios & Outdoor Patio)
*** Hosts: Ryan Schoelerman and Mike Boyle
*** Bring: Audio/Electronic Gear, Noise-Making Machines, Recordings, Food, Drinks
*** Map: Mapquest Map

[ L I V E - E V E N T - F O R M A T ]

We will be meeting on the patio between the KUCI FM (http://www.kuci.org) headquarters and the Arts Computation Engineering buildings at UC Irvine at noon on July 4th, 2004. This event is directly adjacent to the May 2004 DORKBOT-SOCAL event location.

This event will be in in "opendork" format: you are invited to bring audio equipment, noise-making machines, strange robots, electronic gear, recordings, and ideas. We will be transmitting live to air for the duration of the day, and will strive to integrate your ideas and gear into the mix.

Simultaneously, we'll also be having a BBQ: bring food and drink and be prepared to socialize, jam, and experiment.


[ L I S T E N - O N L I N E ]

On July 4th 2004, you can listen to us live via the internet and on FM radio - tune in to catch the event.

MP3 24k: http://kuci.org/mp3stream.m3u
MP3 128k: http://kuci.org/128mp3stream.m3u
RealAudio 24k: http://kuci.org/play.ram
RealAudio 128k: http://kuci.org/play128.ram
FM Radio: 88.9 FM in Southern California
(And available via iTunes as "KUCI" under the category of "Public".)



DORKBOTSOCAL2 - 2004-JUNE-05 UCLA-DMA : KUZMA / YARIN / HOBERMAN

*** JUNE 5th 2004 - 8pm (SATURDAY)
*** UCLA Design | Media Arts
*** Host: Casey Reas

Presentations:
  • LUCAS KUZMA
    Lucas Kuzma The Ecstasy of Communication

    A population of sound-making devices interacting with each other and the sounds in their environment. Using models from computational neuroscience as a basis, they emulate some of the features of organic neurons as well as those of artificial neural networks.
    Lucas Kuzma is a media artist, musician, programmer, and interaction designer living in Los Angeles. His personal works utilize generative systems for the production of aural and visual art, explore the confluence of sound and space, and examine data mappings between time, space, and frequency domains. Kuzma holds a BS in Computer Science and a BA in Philosophy with an Artificial Intelligence minor from Case Western Reserve University and is currently pursuing an MFA in Design and Media Arts at UCLA.
    http://users.design.ucla.edu/~muzak/thesis/
    http://machinatus.net
  • PAUL YARIN
    Paul Yarin LTS2000

    Laparoscopic surgery is a surgical specialty which involves operating through small incisions. The internal organs are seen by inserting a video laparoscope through one of the small incisions. The delicate coordination required for laparoscopic surgery and the high cost of failure demand standardized training systems and metrics for laparocopic skills. The ISM60 is an interactive sensing module for laparoscopic skill training and measurement. The module is a rotating sensor carousel with several coordination and knot tying tests. It provides a video overlay with task data, error count, and score. PC software allows administrative monitoring and logging of these tasks. The ISM60 is designed to be mounted in the RealSim LTS2000, an enclosure that simulates the abdomen.
    Paul Yarin is a consultant in the fields of interactive media, product design, and technology research. His goal is to apply research experience to making useful interactive products. Paul studied Mechanical Engineering at Stanford University and the University of Pennsylvania; he also attended the Tangible Media Group at the MIT Media Lab. http://www.realsimsystems.com
    http://www.blackdust.com/projects.html
  • PERRY HOBERMAN
    Perry Hoberman (Topic TBD.)
    Perry Hoberman is an installation artist whose work has been exhibited widely throughout the United States and worldwide. He works with a variety of technologies, ranging from utterly obsolete to seasonably state-of-the-art. His installation "Timetable" was awarded the Grand Prix at the ICC Biennale '99 in Tokyo, and "Systems Maintenance" won a 1999 Prix Ars Electronica "Award of Distinction"."Unexpected Obstacles", a retrospective survey of his work, was exhibited during summer 1998 at the ZKM Mediamuseum in Karlsruhe, Germany, and before that at Gallery Otso in Espoo, Finland. Other recent works include "ZOMBIAC", exhibited at the Kiasma Museum in Helsinki, and "Workaholic", shown at the exhibition "Vision Ruhr" in Dortmund, Germany. He is represented by Postmasters Gallery in New York and currently teaches at USC.
    http://www.perryhoberman.com

DORKBOTSOCAL1 - 2004-MAY-01 - UCI-ACE : Jennings / Allen&Frostenson / Tang

*** FIRST OFFICIAL DORKBOTSOCAL MEETING
*** MAY 1st 2004 - 8pm - T O D A Y
*** UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA IRVINE, ARTS COMPUTATION ENGINEERING "BUNKER" Map

Presenters:
  • Tom Jennings: World Power Systems / hacker extraordinnaire - Presenting on "Car Parts and ASCII" - 'I currently I make functional and complex instrumentation that reveals the beauty hidden within scientific apparatus of the 1930's through 1950's, a time of unsurpassed social and scientific change. My work is about the aesthetics of scientific problem-solving and the obscure traditions of technical design.'
  • Mark Allen and Sky Frostenson: C-Level - "Waco Ressurrection Project" - C-level unveils Waco Resurrection, its first chapter of Endgames, a new 3D multiplayer computer game series based on alternative utopias and apocalyptic moments.
  • Beverly Tang: Rhizome.LA / Sublimina - Beverly will present her sublimina (http://sublimina.com) works and her current preoccupation with silversmithing and electronic jewelry, which includes a "third eye" necklace that can sense the invisible.
It should be a good event - the room is small, so come out early if you want a chair. All are welcome. This event is free. BYOB. A phone number will be sent to the mailing list the day of the event to help people navigate their way here.

Contact Garnet Hertz at dorkbotsocal@dorkbot.org for more information.


DORKBOTSOCAL ZERO - 2004-APRIL-10

Some dork a couple of pictures from our first informal get-together can be seen here: http://www.dorkbot.org/dorkbotsocal/past/2004-april-10.

a number of folks came out: it was actually a little bit of a shock to have people (20 or so) appear. from what i can remember, the following people were there and talking about dorkbotsocal in some form:
  • beverly tang (rhizome l.a.)
  • ben benjamin (superbad.com)
  • mark allen (c-level / machine project)
  • ryan schoelerman (elintartslab.org)
  • sky frostenson (illinest.net)
  • alex "the pink" (la + sd futurists)
  • peter cho (pcho.net)
  • andrea, aka tulpje tulp
  • casey reas (ucla d|ma senselab, processing.org)
  • garnet hertz (conceptlab.com)
  • dan novy (flash film works)
  • and several others...

FOR MORE INFO ON DORKBOTSOCAL, CONTACT GARNET HERTZ AT garnethertz *-at-* gmail *-dot-* com
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