Next meeting June 5th 2014

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Mark your calendars for the next DORKBOT MTL meeting to be held back at our wonderful hosts home, Orboro (4001 Berri St, 301, Montreal, QC H2L 4H2)

Starting at 7pm ending at 9pm.

Bring beer and snacks to share!

Much Dorkbot- deliciousness- awaits you!

Checkout the up coming presenters info here.

Looking forward to seeing you!

– Team Dorkbot MTL

 

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Thank you for joining our first re-inauguration of Dorkbot MTL!

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IMG_0128Well, that was interesting.

Our first Dorkbot meeting in 6 years and I couldn’t be happier. Our host, Oboro was fantastic and very welcoming. We even had a nice little sound track of the choir singing down the hall. Our first presenter, Mike Hornblow, brought us straight to Japan using Google street view, toured us around the globe and ended with video’s of our own hands- all while presenting some uber fresh research being conduced at Concordia’s Senslab. Our second presenter, David Raby_Pepin, shared a group of event based installations that playfully had audiences question concepts such as immediacy, presence, digital representations and notions of “liveness”. Claire Kenway, our third presenter introduced us to Windcatcher, her electronic music making instrument powered by the sun and wind. We weren’t sure if we would have a fourth presenter but he arrived half way through with a rather large, heavy looking box. and his guitar a crayon really was the cherry on the cake. Video’s of all the presentations will be up shortly. Thank you to everyone who came out to the meeting. Please share with your fellow Dorkbot inclined friends and we look forward to seeing you at the next Dorkbot- [the second Tuesday of the Month, every two months]. Next Meeting: June 10th, 2014.

Mike Hornblow

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What better way to start Dorkbot off on the right foot than with a project from from Senselab, housed within Concordia’s Hexagram? The research conducted by our first presenter is so fresh, it’s yet to be mapped by a Google web van.

Project Description:
OmegaVille is a multidisciplinary project in development at Senselab, Concordia University. It uses Google Street View to speculate on notions of planetary urbanism, and how this may be experienced and embodied. I’ll explore a few ideas using video and GSV navigation, performance and mobile media. I’ll discuss some events coming up for the project, and wrap up with an exercise in audience participation, using smartphones to generate an impromptu multichannel video installation.

BIO:
Michael is an artist from New Zealand / Australia, with a background in performance, video, media art, and critical writing. This is informed by recent doctoral research-by-practice in the Spatial Information Architecture Laboratory at RMIT, Melbourne; and now post-doctoral research in relational art and philosophy at Senselab, Concordia University. He has presented work in Australia, New Zealand, Indonesia, Malaysia, Japan, Africa, Canada, and Europe; including recently the International Symposium on Electronic Art in Sydney.

David Raby-Pepin

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Presenter number two introduced us to a new and upcoming media art collective taking wings here in the city. Interested in getting involved? Get in touch: info[at]funkshioncreation.com

FEEDBACK LAB II – RETROSPECT – 07/03/2014 from Funkshion Creation on Vimeo.

Project Description: 
The presentation covered a few events exploring the process of documenting participants’ presence and actions with the intention of rebroadcasting the material directly in the event space. The documentation component requires the use of instant and digital photography, webcams and digital film while the rebroadcasting occurs through visual projections. Physical installations are conceived to receive the projections and integrate them in a spatial setting.

BIO:

A recent McGill Architecture graduate, David has been active in the fields of architecture and art making over the past years. He has worked and studied architecture in Montreal, Canada and Venice, Italy. He has also been running Funkshion Creation, an art/event practice, alongside 2 other colleagues for the past 2 years and a half. He recently parted from this practice, however, to start Vocabulaires Visibles, his own art/event practice through which he explores the relation between spatial installations, object making and artistic performance.

Claire Kenway

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Our third presenter gave us a taste of what Windcatcher can do.

Project Description:

If the wind could sing to us, what would it sound like? Would it sound magical, delicate, and melodic? Perhaps it would have a polyphony of voices which articulate its fundamental source and the objects it comes into contact with, infusing it with rhythms, bass, and sweet melodies? Whether its song is a roar or a whisper, a gust or a flurry, with Windcatcher, the wind has a voice.

Windcatcher is an art installation that exemplifies the creative potential of wind as a source of sound, energy, beauty, and inspiration. Three kinetic sound sculptures become the sources of sounds produced as a result of wind interacting with different physical materials and electronic interfaces. These three specially designed instruments: an Aeolian harp, chimes, and musical wind turbine, together create music played by the wind. The ‘wind orchestra’ produces melodic, harmonic, and percussive sounds, each instrument having its own unique form and function As an artwork, Windcatcher challenges negative perceptions about wind energy and highlights the majesty and beauty of nature and the wind itself: sounds created and manipulated by the undulating ripples of the wind.

more info at: http://www.clairelabs.com/art/windcatcher

BIO: 
A multifaceted artist, Claire’s creativity explores the intersections between sound, space, sensation, emotion, and environment. Classically trained in violin as a child, she has been performing internationally as a DJ for more than a decade. Since moving to Montreal in 2008 to complete her Master’s in Communications at
Concordia University, she has been active in musical composition, live performance, and the creation of interactive installations. Articulating messages of sustainability through interactive motion and sound, her installations employ sensing technologies in combination with sound synthesis, creating music as a result of kinetic movement. Her first project, ///Friction, involves three bicycles that produce and manipulate sounds. This was followed by Acousticaquatica, an underwater art experiment that explores the
relationship between humans, technology, sounds, and fish. And Windcatcher, where she designed and built three musical instruments played by the wind. Musically-speaking, her heart lives deep in the underground: she founded the nomadic Blackbox parties in 2011, released her debut album ‘Under a Midnight Moon’ on Montreal’s Archipel Musique in November 2012, and has recently begun putting out a plethora of esteemed releases as well as performing her own music live, addicting new audiences to her unique brand of dark, deep, intellectual and alluring electronic music.

Next Meeting!

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Bonjour chers Dorkbots,
 
Le temps est finalement arrivé de se réunir! Le prochain Dorkbot-MTL se tiendra le 8 Avril entre 19 et 21h au centre Oboro (4001, rue Berri, local 301) près du métro Mont-Royal.
Nous recherchons quelques présentations supplémentaires donc contactez-nous si vous avez un projet que vous aimeriez partager. Vous êtes également bienvenus d’amener des snacks à partager et de la bière. Parlez-en autour de vous et on espère vous voir très bientôt!
 
 
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Hello fellow MTL Dorkbotters! 
 
The time has come to reunite! We will host another Dorkbot meeting April 8th from 7-9pm at Orboro (4001, rue Berri, local 301) by Mount Royal Metro. 
 
We are looking to add a couple more presenters to the lineup so please get in touch if you have a new project you would like to talk about. Otherwise, feel free to come with some snacks to share. It’s also B.Y.O.B! 😉 Spread the word to your networks and we hope to see you on the 8th. 
 
 


4001, rue Berri, local 301
Montreal (Quebec) Canada H2L 4H2
Tel.: 514 844-3250
Fax: 514 847-0330
oboro@oboro.net
 http://www.oboro.net