Sunday, November 9, 2014

Artist Talk: Claudia Hart on Thurs November 13 7:30pm

Hello Dorkbot0rs!

Next Thursday November 13 at 7:30pm at Catalyze Chicago,
experimental 3D artist and media art theorist Claudia Hart will be giving a talk on her famous augmented reality projects!

Catalyze Chicago is at 650 West Lake St. Suite 220. (Buzzer #129 to enter) Chicago IL.

Double Narcissus, 2012, HD video with custom wood frame, 2 augmented reality activated plates.
Photo courtesy bitforms gallery nyc


The Alices Walking, An Augmented Reality Opera and Fashion show, 2014, Premiere
@ the Eyebeam Center for Art + Technology and the Moving Image Art Fair

Claudia Hart has been active as an artist, curator and critic since 1988. She creates virtual representations that take the form of 3d imagery integrated into photography, animated loops, and multi-channel animation installations. Hart is represented by bitforms gallery, NY. She is also Associate Professor in the department of Film, Video, New Media and Animation at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and honorary fellow at Eyebeam (NYC). For more information, please visit

We also have upcoming talks and workshops from Chris Collins (December), Jon Chambers (January), Yaloo Pop (February) and Paula Nacif(March)!

Dorkbot is a multi-city series of free informal talks by people who do strange things with electricity. It has been running since 2008.

Do you do fun things with technology? Want to give a talk, demo, or workshop to other people playing with tech?
Please email Jen Chan [jennifer7chan(at)gmail(dot)com] and Josh Billions [josh(at)catalyzechicago(dot)org].

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Friday, October 24, 2014

Artist Talk: Dmitry Morozov :::VTOL::: Mon. Oct. 27

We’ve got great news for you:


Media artist, musician and engineer of “strange sounding mechanisms” Dmitry Morozov, ::vtol:: is in town next week! He’ll be speaking on Monday Oct 27th at 8 PM at Catalyze Chicago, and performing at Tritriangle on Tuesday Oct 28 at 8 PM at 1550 N. Milwaukee 3/F. If you’re not familiar with his work we recommend you check out !!!


::vtol:: is the project of Dmitry Morozov, Moscow media artist, musician and engineer of strange sounding mechanisms. In the mid 00s Dmitry started to use actively his DIY and Circuit Bent instruments for his own music projects, as well as making instruments for other musicians and media artists. He is the first batch producer of music and video synthesizers at the post-Soviet area. Besides making music and instruments, Dmitry creates audiovisual art installations and promotes Circuit Bending and DIY Electronics in Russia by means of lectures and workshops.

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We also have upcoming talks and workshops from Claudia Hart (November 12), Chris Collins (December), Jon Chambers (January), Yaloo Pop (February) and Paula Nacif (March)!

In other news, new media artist and prof extraordinaire Carla Gannis has an opening, The Garden of Emoji Delights, at Kasia Kay Art Projects this Friday Oct 24 6-8pm! Artist is present, and her show is also screening at Transfer Gallery in Brooklyn.

What is Dorkbot?

Dorkbot is a multi-city series of free informal talks by people who do strange things with electricity. It has been running since 2008.

Do you do fun things with technology? Want to give a talk, demo, or workshop to other people playing with tech?
Please email Jen Chan [jennifer7chan(at)gmail(dot)com] and Josh Billions [josh(at)catalyzechicago(dot)org].

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Pics! Oct 23 Nick Briz artist talk

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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Dorkbot is BACK! Artist Talk: Nick Briz

Cower brief mortals! Dorkbot Chicago is BACK!
After a long hiatus, Dorkbot Chicago is back in action. We’ll be using Catalyze Chicago ( as our base of operations, and have an exciting lineup of talks / workshops. First and foremost, Nick Briz will be giving an artist talk.

The main goals of dorkbot are: to create an informal, friendly environment in which people can talk about the work they're doing and to foster discussion about that work; to help bring together people from different backgrounds who are interested in similar things; to give us all an opportunity to see the strange things our neighbors are doing with electricity. dorkbot isn't really a forum for formal artist talks or lectures, but rather a chance for diverse people to have friendly conversations about interesting ideas.

Thursday Oct 23 7pm
Catalyze Chicago
650 W Lake St.
Suite #220 Chicago IL, 60661

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Artist talk: Nick Briz

hi, my name is nick briz && i'm a new_media artist / educator / organizer living + working in chicago, IL. i'm critically obsessed w/the Internet + all my work is re:to digital culture; specifically: digital literacy + ecology, netizen rights, glitch art, net art, remix. i organize events on these topix ( GLI.TC/H, NO-MEDIA, etc ) && teach on these topix ( SAIC, Marwen, www ) && produce work on these topix ( independently && commercially w/Branger_Briz ). my work's been shown internationally ( FILE Media Arts Festival, the Images Festival, the Museum of Moving Image, Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, etc. ) && i've been featured in on/off-line publications around the world ( VICE,, Fast Company, El Mundo, Neural, etc. ). my work is distributed through Video Out Distribution as well as openly and freely on the web.

For more information, please visit

Upcoming presentations include: 
Claudia Hart (November) and Chris Collins (December).

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Catalyze Chicago
650 W Lake St. Suite #220
Chicago, Illinois 60661
United States of America

Paula Nacif, corrupt_hard_drive_2.gif, 2014

Tuesday, October 7, 2014


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 (, 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 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:

Hope to see you there!




7 PM - 9 PM


Enemy Sound
1550 N. Milwaukee Ave 3rd Fl.
Chicago, IL 60622




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!