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From Karen Marcelo

7:00pm social hour 8:00pm presentations
Jun 27 2018

DNA Lounge
375 11th St.
San Francisco, CA

RE/Search will be there for all your alternative culture needs!

Free admission but $5-$20 donations for our hosts much appreciated

DNA Lounge
375 11th St.
San Francisco, CA

Heather Gold - IM Me Like It's 1999

Smart comedy. Long story.

The Austin Chronicle calls Heather Gold "A set of wits equal to any major player on Comedy Central." Heather appears in venues across North America like SXSW, Google, SFSketchfest, NPR and CBC's Definitely Not the Opera. Heather's baked over 50,000 cookies with audiences in her hit "I Look Like an Egg, But I Identify as a Cookie" which the Oakland Tribune named "Best of the Bay" and won Curve magazine's Lesbian Theatre Award. She consulted on the Emmy-Nominated series The Future Starts Here and recently debuted a part of her newest show Everything Is Subject to Change at the National Queer Arts Festival. You can join her newsletter and see her work at She was a part of Apple's first web and webcasting teams. blogger and vlogger and has sworn to never call a post a blog or use the word synergy even in a life-threatening emergency.

Photo credit Sorrell Scrutton

Chris Korda - Potter Draw: A synthesizer for pottery

PotterDraw is a free, open-source 3D software application for designing and visualizing pottery in full color. It can be combined with a 3D printer to make physical pottery, or used to create digital art and shape-morphing animations. The pot's outer wall is drawn using a spline editor. Trigonometric effects can be applied to both the mesh and the texture, and the effects can be modulated in real time using low-frequency oscillators similar to those found in music synthesizers. I'll show favorites from my collection of virtual pottery, and then demo the software and try to explain what its many effects do. Reactive texture mapping!

Chris Korda is an inventor, artist, musician, and cult leader, whose projects include virtual pottery, an AI-enhanced musical instrument (ChordEase), a polymeter music sequencer, and specialized VJ software. Chris is best known as Reverend of the Church of Euthanasia, and as a composer and performer of electronic music. Chris also developed software professionally for over 35 years, including 18 years in the 3D printing industry, writing firmware, communication protocols, and desktop software for color 3D printers (at Z Corporation, now 3D Systems) and for large-format 3D printers (at Viridis3D, now EnvisionTEC).

Julian Cash - Julian Cash, Portrait Photographer: Light Painting, Burning Man, and a Dead Cat

Julian's lifetime of creating sensationalist portraits. A fast paced presentation with a vast number of images, stories, and dorky ideas. Motto... "Don't be boring."

Creator of the portrait book "The People of Burning Man". Light Painting portrait photographer, who light painted on America's Got Talent

Evo Heyning - LIT: Farscaping the Future of Interactive Media Networks

Do your interactive choices have real value in the new world of massively decentralized media? How cna we create new types of public media that work WITH player participants around the world?

Where do AI, mixed reality and civic engagement meet audiences? Stories? Game shows? VR experiences or LBEs! 360 interactive series? With interfaces all around us, how will we take in the vastness of XR clouds? Evo's LIT channels explore the deeper value of immersive action and the convergence of emerging tech with invitations to collaborative action.

Evo Heyning's work tests the limits of XR, ML, media & blockchains for returning interactive value as new cultures are created for collaborative production and play. Massively multiplayer media is rising all around us: where are we using our tools effectively to improve how we create and share stories and REWARD creative beings for their work?

Evo Heyning, CEO @LightLodges is a producer, 7X entrepreneur, systems consultant and strategist for cities and industry leaders. She focuses on NEW & EMERGING TECH for INTERACTIVITY that drives PARTICIPATION & ACTION. As a part of the Mozilla XRStudio this summer she collaborates with 30 women to prototype new types of public media channels that connect people beyond borders or networks. Breaking down barriers and building tech for impact has been her focus for over 20 years of streaming and interactive media with thousands of nonprofits, corporate clients and public sector leaders. Evo is prototyping TV/XR series, a worldbuilding process to bridge live play across devices with meaningful engagement and platforms for collaborative endeavors.

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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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