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