Monday, January 12, 2015

Artist Talk: Emily Haasch // Jon Chambers

Happy New Year! This month we have back-to-back talks by the genius web-based designer Emily Haasch, and a demo of a new interactive artwork from the multi-talented new media artist Jon Chambers. The talks will happen 7pm Thursday January 29 at Catalyze Chicago at 650 W. Lake Street, Suite 220. (Closest L station: Clinton Green)

Emily will be talking about how design can intercept or comment on capitalism through humor and general weirdness. Some of her influential projects and activities include Male Tears sweatshirt, Design Book Club, and this thing.

For his talk, Jon will briefly discuss his work while focusing on newer pieces from his recent show Everything Is Text. These works involve a character-driven, interactive element with a hyper-local wireless platform. Viewers submit messages for Morse-code interpretation and re-presentation as color and light. Chambers will set up this network at Dorkbot and audience members will be encouraged to type in and submit their haikus, non sequiturs, and mini-manifestos for an immersive visual environment. He will also go over the various tech elements that make this system run.


Emily Haasch is a designer, artist, and tiny human. She physically resides in Chicago, Illinois, USA, North America, Earth. Her thoughts digitally reside on Twitter. With roots in collage and object design, she enjoys cultivating a practice that is interdisciplinary in regard to both medium and purpose. Lately, Emily has been interested in the intersection of design and the systems it both supports and resists. By questioning these themes, she has slowly been initiating digital and IRL projects to make sense of what it means to be a designer in 2015.Emily graduated with a BFA from SAIC in 2013. By day, she is employed as a designer for a small game studio in Wicker Park.

Jon Chambers’ work focuses on the production of art through technological objects, software, and networked interfaces while aestheticizing experiences of saturation, obsessions, and contradictions. He uses a range of mediums and has shown work nationally and internationally. Chambers currently teaches at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Artist Talk : Chris Collins

With tremendous excitement we are happy to have the multi-talented new media artist Chris Collins give a talk on his whole life’s work on the very month of his thirtieth birthday! 

Collins is well known online for his humorous art games, videos, and participatory performative events. The talk will happen 7pm, Wednesday December 10 at Catalyze Chicago on 650 W. Lake Street, Suite 220.

Chris Collins1 is a prolific new media artist exploring the way relationships are mediated through technology. Emphasizing humor, collaboration, and banality, he creates absurd online platforms2, participatory performance events3, videos4, video games5, and all sorts of digital ephemera. He is also celebrating his 30th birthday this week. Oh, what these eyes have seen.

For Dorkbot December, Chris will present a self-curated “thirty year retrospective,” with some recent projects alongside some older, ultra #rare deep cuts. He will use this work as an opportunity to discuss the importance of collaboration, the personal archive, and engaging with an audience outside your filter bubble. 

Chris has an undergraduate degree from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and his work has shown nationally and internationally, notably at the Museum of the Moving Image (New York), SFMOMA, MCA (Chicago), The Nerberger Museum of Art (Purchase, NY) and the Grimmuseum (Berlin)
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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