Tuesday, April 10, 2012

opportunity for sharing kinetic art, robots, etc!

hey yawl
we just got this msg from Mark Porter, Exhibition Coordinator in the Department of Exhibition and Performance Spaces at Columbia College Chicago and Glass Curtain Gallery. Mark asks that we let yawl know, so pls consider this opportunity!
// jonCates

Call for Submissions from advanced emerging artists, graduate students, scientists and DIY inventors working with Kinetic Sculpture or Interactive Robotics.
We are looking for people who create kinetic art, robots (or something between) and love to share their process.
Submissions will be added to a section of an exhibition of kinetic artworks titled “The Research Lab”, which will be entirely devoted artworks and instructional, videos, drawings, etc. which Embrace the spirit of Open Source/ DIY culture and present processes related to the creation of kinetic art or robotics. The Research Lab will serve as an educational/instructional component, in whichprojects and processes can be shared. Submissions can include sculpture, instructional websites (thinkinstructables.com), drawings, video, manuals,anything that fits within the theme of robotics, kinetic artwork or invention.
Additionally, we are looking for artists interested in conducting workshops related to circuit bending, electric motors, microcontrollers or any type of DIY project that can be demonstrated to beginners
Theexhibition will be held at Columbia College Chicago Glass Curtain Gallery beginning in September of 2012. A program of lectures, workshops, and a
catalogue will accompany the exhibition.
To be considered please email a direct link to the website documenting your
work, or attach small images with descriptions to
robokinetic.exhibition@gmail.com. We can also accept snail mail submissions:
Call for Research Lab Submissions
Glass Curtain Gallery, First Floor
1104 S. Wabash Ave.
Chicago, IL. 60605
Submissions will not be considered after
May 15, 2012.

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Anna Anthropy at dorkbot Chicago on Thursday April 5th at 7pm!

Anna Anthropy at dorkbot Chicago on Thursday April 5th at 7pm!



Anna Anthropy is an acclaimed videogame designer, critic and vanguard in the effort to reclaim videogames from the "culture of privilege and misogyny that has so far obscured the potential of what could be the defining cultural medium of a new millennium." A prolific artist, her recent games include the allegorical Keep Me Occupied, installed in public as part of Occupy Oakland, the playful Lesbian Spider-Queens of Mars, sponsored by Adult Swim, and the autobiographical dys4ia, which details her personal experience with hormone replacement therapy.

Anna is based in Oakland, CA, and will be visiting dorkbot Chicago as part of a tour for her new book Rise of the Videogame Zinesters: How Freaks, Normals, Amateurs, Artists, Dreamers, Drop-outs, Queers, Housewives, and People Like You Are Taking Back an Art Form, published by 7 Stories Press.

In her words, Zinesters is "a manifesto, a call to action, a do-it-yourself guide, an autobiography, in places [...] when our culture discusses videogames, it mentions corporations, blockbusters, and a hyper-masculinized 'gaming' culture. rarely does the idea of the small, authored, self-published game get much air in our discussion of art, even though it's these games that are the most important to games' relevance to a broader range of human experience."

Anna will be reading from and speaking about the book and her work, followed by time for Q+A.

Anna's book is available now: Find a bookstore (more info TBA about local Chicago bookstores).

Her games are available on her website: auntiepixelante.com

Hope to see you there!

DATE:

THURSDAY APRIL 5 2012

TIME:

7 PM - 9 PM

LOCATION:

Enemy Sound
1550 N. Milwaukee Ave 3rd Fl.
Chicago, IL 60622
http://www.enemysound.com

COST:

FREE!

WTF:

What is a "dorkbot"?! The idea of the international dorkbot network is "people doing strange things with electricity" and meeting in informal, friendly environments to discuss their projects. These projects could include hardware hacks, New Media Art projects, creative code, circuit bent musical instruments or wild DIY garage science!

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Dorkbot Sprockit Mini-Synth Seminar! Saturday February 25th at 2pm

Dorkbot Sprockit Mini-Synth Seminar! Saturday February 25th at 2pm



Matthew Heins presents a synth-building workshop using the Sprockit kit he designed!

Order a Sprockit kit -- http://hackmeopen.com/?shopp_product=chicago-sprockit-build-seminar -- and get hands-on guidance from its designer, building your very own synthesizer! Or contact Matt -- matt@hackmeopen.com -- if you'd prefer to pick one up at the workshop.

Matt says:

"We will be building complete Sprockits. This will be the circuit board only as the case is still in development. I plan on interspersing plenty of chit chat about how Sprockit works and will be totally open for questions about how to design and build your own synthesizer. This seminar is open to people of skill levels from novice upI’ve taught soldering before to people who’ve never touched a soldering iron, so please don’t be ashamed and come learn how to build electronics."

Key Sprockit Details:

- 4"x4" Circuit Board

- Totally Open-Source Hackable Hardware and Software Design

- Rockit Digital Synthesis Engine with 2 Detunable Oscillators

- 8 Physical Knobs (All Rockit Parameters Accessible Via MIDI)

- 4-Pole Digitally-Controlled Analog Low-Pass Filter with MIDI Accessible Envelope

- Amplitude Envelope with Physical Attack and Decay, MIDI Sustain and Release

- LFO with 3 destinations and 3 waveshapes (more accessible through MIDI)


DATE:

SATURDAY FEBRUARY 25 2012

TIME:

2 PM - 6 PM

LOCATION:

Enemy Sound
1550 N. Milwaukee Ave 3rd Fl.
Chicago, IL 60622
http://www.enemysound.com

COST:

FREE!
( NOTE: Sprockit synth kit is $50 and available to order at http://hackmeopen.com/?page_id=523&shopp_pid=10 or contact Matt -- matt@hackmeopen.com -- if you'd prefer to pick one up at the workshop )

WTF:

What is a "dorkbot"?! The idea of the international dorkbot network is "people doing strange things with electricity" and meeting in informal, friendly environments to discuss their projects. These projects could include hardware hacks, New Media Art projects, creative code, circuit bent musical instruments or wild DIY garage science!

Monday, October 24, 2011

Paul Hertz at dorkbot Chicago on Thursday October 27 at 7pm

Paul Hertz at dorkbot Chicago on Thursday October 27 at 7pm



Paul Hertz will present his Processing library IgnoCodeLib (http://ignotus.com/ignocodelib/index.html), which should be available in a new version for this Thursday's Dorkbot gathering.

IgnoCodeLib provides a 2D graphics pipeline for geometry based on lines and cubic Bézier curves. It provides a useful set of graphics primitives, geometric transforms, hierarchical display list and document structure, simple facilities for permutations and random numbers, and above all, export of graphics and text to Adobe Illustrator, including groups and layers. All components in the library support cascading calls to draw(), transform() and write() methods. Drawing can be accomplished with a single line of code and file export is nearly as simple.

Paul will discuss his library and show some of the algorithmic images, digital prints, animations, and interactive applications he has created with the library.

Paul Hertz has been working with computational art since 1984, when he was a Fellow at the Center for Advanced Studies in Art and Technology at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, where he currently teaches in the Art History and Art and Technology Studies departments.

DATE:

THURSDAY OCTOBER 27 2011

TIME:

7 PM - 9 PM

LOCATION:

Enemy Sound
1550 N. Milwaukee Ave 3rd Fl.
Chicago, IL 60622
http://www.enemysound.com

COST:

FREE!

WTF:

What is a "dorkbot"?! The idea of the international dorkbot network is "people doing strange things with electricity" and meeting in informal, friendly environments to discuss their projects. These projects could include hardware hacks, New Media Art projects, creative code, circuit bent musical instruments or wild DIY garage science!

Monday, July 25, 2011

Dorkbot summer hiatus

Just a note that Chicago Dorkbot is currently on a summer hiatus due
to a few cancellations and the weather (Enemy is an oven this time of
year!).

We'll be back in September.

We have a few people lined up but there's plenty of room in the
schedule, if you'd like to do a workshop this Fall/Winter please drop
us a line!

Monday, May 23, 2011

Ben Baker-Smith and Evan Kühl at dorkbot Chicago on Thursday May 26 at 7pm

Ben Baker-Smith and Evan Kühl at dorkbot Chicago on Thursday May 26 at 7pm

Vaudeo Signal Opening Title from Ben Baker-Smith on Vimeo.



Vaudeo Signal is an ongoing exploration of the interconnectivity of sound and light. Media artists and medium hackers Evan Kühl and Ben Baker-Smith repurpose a variety of aging archaic audio/video hardware to forge synesthetic experiences.

Join Ben and Evan for a night of throbbing, squelchy, stroboscopic sound and light - in live performance and Q&A, as well as a screening of their self-titled 2010 release Vaudeo Signal.

Grotesque signal warfare will commence!


DATE:

THURSDAY MAY 26 2011

TIME:

7 PM - 9 PM

LOCATION:

Enemy Sound
1550 N. Milwaukee Ave 3rd Fl.
Chicago, IL 60622
http://www.enemysound.com

COST:

FREE!

WTF:

What is a "dorkbot"?! The idea of the international dorkbot network is "people doing strange things with electricity" and meeting in informal, friendly environments to discuss their projects. These projects could include hardware hacks, New Media Art projects, creative code, circuit bent musical instruments or wild DIY garage science!

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

dorkbot Chicago CANCELLED for April

unfortunately our dorkbot Chicago event is CANCELLED for April. looking fwd to seeing yawl in May.