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July 28 2021

Virtual dorkbotSF

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Johannes Grenzfurthner - What The Fuck Do I Do With This Crap

Johannes has a metric shitton of project ideas that never go anywhere. Sometimes, he doesn't know if the stuff is really neat, and if he should really go ahead and realize it. You know, time is a limited commodity, you gotta be careful. And sometimes, he just lacks knowledge or doesn't know anyone with the appropriate connections. Anyways, Johannes plans to present some of the crap that's stuck in the nirvana of his to-do list.

Johannes manipulates people to positively respond to his lies and made-up realities, and he feeds off these emotions. He is an award-winning artist, filmmaker, author, and performer. He is the founder and artistic director of monochrom, an internationally acting art and theory group and film-production company. Boing Boing referred to him as a leitnerd, a wordplay that ironically hints at his role in nerd/hacker/art culture.

His last films were the feature-length documentaries Traceroute (2016) and Glossary of Broken Dreams (2018). His horror drama Masking Threshold will be released in autumn 2021. He’s working on two more feature films, including the sci-fi comedy Je Suis Auto and the documentary Hacking at Leaves.

Johannes is a lecturer on transmedia arts at the University of Applied Arts, Vienna, Austria, and communication theory at Leuphana University, Lueneburg, Germany.

He is head of Arse Elektronika, a sex and tech festival in San Francisco, and organizer of Roboexotica, the Festival for Cocktail-Robotics in Vienna.

He and his projects have been featured in The New York Times, Liberation, Der Spiegel, San Francisco Chronicle, CNN, Reuters, Slashdot, Playboy, Boing Boing, New Scientist, The Edge, the Los Angeles Times, NPR, ZDF, Gizmodo, io9, Wired, Sueddeutsche Zeitung, TAZ, CNet, the Toronto Star, Mental Floss, Rue Morgue, and more.
@grenzfurthner on Twitter

Moldover - The Craziest Sh*t I've Ever Built

The Music Mill is my latest multiplayer musical instrument or “jambox”. It is part of Meow Wolf's new interactive art exhibit, Omega Mart in Las Vegas. Moldover spent three years designing and building it in collaboration with a number of other independent artists and the Meow Wolf team. In this, his first public talk about the piece, Moldover will give you a tour of the finished work and share the details of most aspects of the project. He’ll look at the sculptural, graphic, sound, interaction, lighting, and interface design, as well as the processes of project management, fabrication, play-testing, and installation.

Alongside the constellation of performance instruments and Playable Packaging that empower Moldover’s solo artistry, he has also developed a separate lineage of multiplayer instruments called Jamboxes. Dedicated to empowering the creativity of others and sharing the joy of spontaneous musical collaboration, Moldover’s Jamboxes bundle current music technology into easily understandable and casually enjoyable devices. Building on the uncanny popularity of his first design called The Octamasher, Moldover and a growing community of collaborators have constructed dozens of bespoke Jamboxes showcased at and appearing frequently at clubs, museums, and festivals around the world.

Rich DDT - Embryonic Oscillations at Omega Mart

Bringing the Oscillabond Product Particulizer into realization was a multifaceted journey that combined the expertise of a dedicated team of art engineers. Hear stories of the Meow Wolf collaboration that set a new standard in synaesthetic multiplayer experience, and ponder what it means for the future of immersive art design.

Rich DDT is an interactive installation designer, live electronic music producer/performer, and event organizer. His custom work for museums, public spaces, and art events features emerging technologies to create an awe-inspiring, educational and playful environment for human connection.

He has been designing interactions since 2008, curating experiences that encourage collaborative group creativity in digitally augmented spaces. He utilizes sensors, microcontrollers and new media software to spark effortless engagement with intuitive & highly responsive interfaces. Rich DDT co-founded the live electronic music and arts agency LoveTech and has created installations for Meow Wolf, The Exploratorium, The Tech Museum of Innovation, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts and the CA Academy of Sciences.

At the core of his multifaceted journey lies a tenacious passion for bringing community, ingenuity, and wondrous new dimensions of expression to the curious among us.

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Epic DorkbotSF by Rudy Rucker March 2012

Knowing is Half the Battle - Jon Korn and Nerd Nite SF's Guite to Geeking Out in San Francisco   posted by Jon Korn the bold italic March 2012

BB Video: Tank Tour - One of the World's Largest Collections of Historic Military Technology   posted by Xeni Jardin BoingBoing June 2009

The art of living dangerously   by Annalee Newitz New Scientist July 2006 Issue 2560
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dorkbot: Warehouse of Wild, Weird, and Wonderful Projects   by David Pescovitz   Make Magazine Premiere Issue 2005

dorkbot-sf is a spinoff of dorkbot-nyc which is
"a monthly meeting of artists (sound/image/movement/whatever), designers, engineers, students and other interested parties from the new york area who are involved in the creation of electronic art (in the broadest sense of the term.)"

the purpose of dorkbot is to

  • give artists/programmers/engineers an opportunity for informal peer review
  • establish a forum for the presentation of new art works/technology/software/hardware
  • help establish relationships and foster collaboration between people with various backgrounds and interests
  • give us all a chance to see the cool things that our neighbors are working on

If you would like to speak at a future dorkbotSF contact Karen Marcelo (@dorkbotsf on twitter)

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